On February 25 at At East Providence Lanes in East Providence, RI: DEREK PONTES from Westport, MA won his second title after solidly defeating fellow champion Chris Hall 248-199 in the championship match at East Providence Lanes. Derek joined NEBA in 1997 at 19 years old. After a couple years of competition, he started making cuts on a regular basis with his best being 13 out of 15 in 2003 for a seventh place finish in points. His first win was in June of 2005 at Auburn Lanes. In East Providence, Derek shot 970 on the Sunday morning squad then 1113 on a afternoon squad reentry. After starting that squad with games of 214,181 and 205, he finished huge with 248 and 268 to make the squad cut by three pins using his old Brunswick Sapphire Zone. In match play, he switched to his Ebonite Savage Flip then plowed through a field of champions - Chris Monroy 258-212, Tom McCarrick 237-197, Chris Forry 242-204, Steve Blanchet 259-225 and 5-time Bowler of the Year Bill Webb 236-228. The 29 year-old lefty led the championship match from start to finish. He won $2,500 along with a paid spot in this yearrâ?s Tournament of Champions.