Palermaa has a "human moment," Lalisang rings up fourth 300 at World Cup



    2006BWCOskuPalermaa2.jpg Osku Palermaa showed he is human after all, while Ryan Lalisang touched immortality Thursday at the 42nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Caracas.

    Palermaa, the Finnish bowler who has scorched the lanes all week and rolled two perfect games, carded games of 189 and 168 at the start of the eight-game block for the top 24 men. However, Palermaa offset those scores with games of 285 and 279 to finish with a 1,812 series and 7,879 pins for 32 games.

    His average dropped from 252.38 to 246.22, but he still holds a 361-pin lead over Canada's Michael Schmidt. Palermaa and Schmidt, along with the six other top scorers after 32 games, advance to the top 8.

    "I can't be 100 percent all the time," Palermaa acknowledged afterward. "I admit I was a little tired out there, because our squad finished so late last night. I didn't get a lot of sleep. But there was no letdown after I shot the second 300 game last night. There is still time to make lots more of those."

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    At the same time Palermaa was coming back to earth, Indonesian star Ryan Lalisang was soaring to bowling heaven by firing the tournament's fourth perfect game. The 12-bagger came in Game 7. It is Lalisang's 14th career 300 game and the 35th in World Cup history.

    Despite the 300 game, Lalisang was unable to move into the top 8 and advance in the tournament. He finished in 11th place with 7,108 pins and a 222.13 average.

    "I just came up a little short today," Lalisang said. "I had a big job to do, because I bowled badly yesterday. But I enjoyed the way I played today. I look forward to coming back for next year's World Cup."

    Defending champion Schmidt opened his Thursday block strong with a 280 game and turned in a 1,889 series. His 7,518 total pinfall gives him a 234.94 average. Unlike Palermaa, Schmidt said the late night on Wednesday didn't affect him one bit.

    "I'm a little bit of a party animal anyway on some days, so I guess it was just one of those days," he grinned. "I tried a highly polished ball and went outside for my first couple games, because I figured fewer people would be playing there. It worked for a while, but then that line disappeared and I went to my deep inside line. That's my fallback."

    Petter Hansen of Norway is third with 7.422 total pins and a 231.94 average, while Australia's Jason Walsh nailed down fourth with 7,318 pins and a 228.69 average. Walsh shot the top series for the block with 1,961 pins.

    Achim Grabowski of Germany is in fifth with 7,284 pins and a 227.63 average. He almost joined this year's 300 club but he left the 7-10 split on his final ball. "Actually, I was lucky it was only the 7-10," he joked. "For a while, I was afraid the 5-pin was going to stand, too. I was rolling the ball slowly, that is my style. I just made a really bad shot that time."

    Korea's Seoung Joon Baek is in sixth place with 7,275 pìns and a 227.34 average. England's Dominic Barrett is 17 pins behind Baek with a 7,258 total and 226.81 average. Rounding out the top 8 is Alan Gibbons of Ireland, son of World Cup tournament director Bernard Gibbons. Young Gibbons closed his block with a 259 game to ensure a spot among those advancing. He has 7,201 pins and a 225.03 average.

    Venezuela s Reydnier Chavez, who barely slipped into the top 24 Wednesday night, finished 22nd with 6,851 pins and a 214.09 average.

    The top 8 return to Centro Nacional de Bowling Mampote Thursday afternoon at 3.30 p.m. They will bowl seven more games and a position-round pairing up to determine the three who advance to Friday's TV finals.

    Top 8 after 32 Games, 1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7879 2. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 7518 3. Petter Hansen, Norway, 7422 4. Jason Walsh, Australia, 7318 5. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 7284 6. Seoung Joon Baek, Korea, 7275 7. Dominic Barrett, England, 7258 8. Alan Gibbons, Ireland, 7201.

    Top 5 after 30 Games, 1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 7431 2. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 7033 3. Petter Hansen, Norway, 6989 4. Jason Walsh, Australia, 6851 5. Achim Grabowski, Germany, 6821.

    Top 5 after 28 Games, 1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6978 2. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 6602 3. Petter Hansen, Norway, 6581 4. Jason Walsh, Australia, 6339 5. Seoung Joon Baek, Korea, 6335.

    Top 5 after 26 Games, 1. Osku Palermaa, Finland, 6531 2. Michael Schmidt, Canada, 6132 3. Petter Hansen, Norway, 6113 4. Dominic Barrett, England, 5889 5. Seoung Joon Baek, Korea, 5885.

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