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A 109-pin turnaround. Go figure.

Chris Ivey crushed a 253 game last week.
Chris Ivey crushed a 253 game last week.
Fred Eisenhammer

Bowler Chris Ivey had an easy explanation of how he did it.

“I just zoned in,” Ivey said.

Ivey, a Reseda resident, was referring to his amazing turnaround Thursday night during his three-game series at AMF Woodlake Lanes in Woodland Hills.

Ivey is a steady 178 bowler and it wasn’t too newsworthy when he blasted a 204 in his first game. But he followed that strong opener with a lowly 144 game before he regained his groove and crushed a 253 in his finale.

That made for a whopping 109-pin turnaround from Game 2 to Game 3 – soaring, basically, from the outhouse to the penthouse.

“That hurt,” said Ivey about his 144. “That made me want to rebound.”

One of Ivey’s teammates, Hans Kostrzewski, believed he was the one who deserved the credit for Ivey’s resurgence: “I fired him up for the third game,” he joked.

Truth is, there’s another explanation for Ivey’s 109-pin jump.

And it’s this:

That’s bowling.

It’s as simple as that.

Sometimes the pins fall obligingly and sometimes they don’t when you appear to throw the ball the same way and hit the pins at the exact same spot.

That’s bowling.

That’s all you have to say.

No other explanation is needed.

How did Chris Ivey do it?

That’s bowling.