NORTH ARLINGTON, NJ - On paper, it should not be close. Coming in, North Arlington was 30-5, Hasbrouck Heights was 11-24. The Vikings were averaging 661 pins a game, while the Aviators were averaging 555.
“Before the game, I told the team that the goal was to beat our team high of 610,” said Hasbrouck Heights head bowling coach David Rispoli. “I figured we could find some success in a loss.”
Behind an incredible day from Sean Reyes, the Aviators managed to put a scare into one of the best teams in the NJIC Meadowlands.
Behind Reyes 186 and Jake Rozas 195, the Aviators dropped a 29 pin match in game one to the Vikings. The Aviators bowled a team 574, so their team goal for the day was missed in game one.
In game two, the Aviators not only reached their goal of 610, they smashed right through, rolling a team high 678 game. Reyes had a 201, Damiano DeCandia had a season high 151 and Johnny Parker had his season high, 177, but North Arlington bowled a 735 to win game two. It took the Vikings eight strikes in the 10th to capture the win.
Reyes put the bowl on his career day with a season high 223, giving him a 601 series, in game three. Rozsa bowled a 187 as the Aviators pulled out a 633-620 win over the Vikings, salvaging two points on the day.
“Sean looked great right from the start.” RIspoli stated. “He was smooth and consistent. It was the best I've seen him ever look, and he just kept getting better. He and Jake were so good that first game. I usually never push my bowlers, but Sean and Jake really were let down by the lack of support the first game. If the others bowled their average we would have won, and I let them know it.”
“Something sunk in because Damiano threw spares the first 4 frames and Johnny started with five strikes in a row,“ Rispoli said. “We were barely leading going into the 10th frame. North Arlington had an incredible 10th frame to beat us.”
“Jake and Sean teamed up for another great game in the final game,” Rispoli stated. “Jake had a 187 and Sean a career high 223. Good support from Johnny helped a steal the third game.”
“It was a great day,” Rispoli stated. “We beat our old high game twice and set a new team high series. Jake bowled his high series for the year. Sean was stellar. His 610 is his personal high, and it's the third highest in the league.
"The team really showed what they are capable of doing,” RIspoli said.
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