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Perkins finishes 3rd in 2012 Junior Masters Tournament

May 14, 2012
By Kyle Wilson of University of Pikeville

Dayton, Ohio......UPIKE Freshman Bowler, Derek Perkins, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma worked his way throught the tournament format to finish 3rd place in the 2012 Junior Masters Event, held May 12-13, 2012, at Capri Lanes.  The tournament started with 2 squads (A and B).  Perkins was in the B squad and had to make the top 2/3 of the boys field to advance to the evening block.  Perkins qualified 53, with a 1127 score for 6 games.  His games were 190, 212, 199, 152, 196, and 178.  The cut was 63 bowlers.

In the evening squad Perkins posted games of 225, 216, 191, 231, 224, and 233 for a 1320 total, good enough to place him 12th and qualify him for Sunday's top 16 bracket.

In his first match on Sunday, he was paired up against 5th seed Trent Mitchell, of Cleveland, Ohio.  Perkins posted scores of 258 and 202, for a 460 total good enough for him to advance to the top 8.  His next match was against Kyle Condrick, of Austintown, Ohio.  Perkins posted scores of 232 and 182, for a 414 total.  This advanced Perkins to the semi finals (top 4).  In the semis, Perkins bowled against eventual tournament Champion Kyle Anderson, Perkins did not bowl bad as he posted scores of 209 and 227, however Anderson posted scores of 255 and 254, for a 509 total and eliminated Perkins.   Perkins earned a $500 College Scholarship for his performance in the event.

Perkins averaged 208.7 for 18 games that he bowled in the event.  He posted his most impressive stats of the season.  He converted 43 of 45 single pins a 93.3 % fill rate.  Perkins also had a strike percentage, of 53.6 %.

There were over 90 boys in the event representing 8 states.  Including current members of Jr. Team USA.

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