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The Bethune-Cookman bowling team bounced back from an early defeat on Sunday to win the 2016 Wildcat Invitational championship at Sunshine Bowling Center in DeLand. The five team field included host B-CU, Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Florida A&M and Sacred Heart.
The three-day annual invitational concluded Sunday with a tournament beginning at 10 a.m. The tournament consisted of a Best 4-of-7 Baker match system to determine this year’s champion.
In the opening match, Bethune-Cookman took on top-seed Sacred Heart, who earned the seeding after knocking down the most pins through the first two days of Baker and Traditional matches, respectively.
The Wildcats fell in a tough contest by a 4-2 score, despite leading the match, 2-1. The Pioneers claimed a 169-160 victory in the fourth game to even the match, before winning the last two games, respectively.
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B-CU faced off against Alabama State in the next match, defeating the Hornets by a 4-1 line, earning a spot in the title match.
In the rematch against Sacred Heart for the championship, the Wildcats and Pioneers went back-and-forth for much of the match. Finally, in the fifth game, B-CU used a strong game from all five bowlers, including three strikes from Amyre Tensley to move ahead for good. B-CU began the sixth and final game with strikes in five of the first six frames to run away with the win.
Courtney McGinn of Sacred Heart was named the Wildcat Invitational Most Valuable Player.
McGinn held a 199 average across five games on Saturday. She was followed by FAMU’s Jenna Naclerio, Bethune-Cookman’s tandem of Rebecca Goodwin and Jasmine April, as well as Sacred Heart’s Lauren Hoffman to round out all-tournament team.
With B-CU taking the tournament championship, Sacred Heart served as the runner-up, followed by Alabama State, Florida A&M and Alabama A&M, respectfully.
The Wildcats will return to action Feb. 27-28, traveling to the third MEAC Southern Division event of the 2015-16 campaign. The final Southern Division slate will be hosted by Florida A&M in Tallahassee.
This story is courtesy of B-CU Athletics.