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Villanueva wins Turkey Shoot 2018 crown

ROLLY Villanueva had more to celebrate on Thanksgiving Day as he overcame worthy adversary Nolan Cultura in the finals of the Amari’s/SBA Budweiser Turkey Shoot 2018 held at the Amari’s Tavern on Nov. 22.

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Champion Rolly Villanueva, middle, poses with second place winner Nolan Cultura, right, and third place winner Rowel Mariano after completing the Amari’s/SBA Budweiser Turkey Shoot 2018 held at the Amari’s Tavern onThursday.  Contributed photo

Villanueva was a force to reckon with. He went unstoppable eliminating every opponent in his way.

He started off defeating Warlee Ellama in the second round and continued to clear a path sending Jerry Soriano to get a seat in the semifinals.

Nolan Cultura, who also shared a perfect record sending two bodies down the losers’ bracket, was met with the same fate as he was handed his first loss over Villanueva for the finals spot and was forced to fight his way back to the top.

Cultura’s will to survive was seen as he battled through the bottom of the pit where he took down Rowel Mariano for last seat in the finals match.

Cultura’s taste for revenge was quenched as his he held the early momentum stunning Villanueva and handing him his first loss of the tournament forcing a third and final game.

Despite Cultura’s journey back to the top, Villanueva was not going down. He connected each shot staying ahead long enough to secure the win shutting down Cultura’s run grasping the championship title.

Supreme Champion Rolly Villanueva claimed the championship trophy, $100 cash prize and a turkey set. Worthy adversary Nolan Cultura settled for the second place trophy along with the $65 cash prize while Rowel “Cobra” Mariano sat at third place with a trophy and the $35 cash prize.