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Bowler Anthony Pavlowsky shows that he’s nearly perfect

Anthony Pavlowsky blisetered a 299 game at Canoga Park Bowl.
Anthony Pavlowsky blisetered a 299 game at Canoga Park Bowl.
Fred Eisenhammer

It didn’t end the way that Anthony Pavlowsky wanted, but otherwise, he was absolutely perfect in his first game in the “River Maniacs” league Monday night at Canoga Park Bowl.

The 38-year-old Pavlowsky made a stirring effort at his first perfect game before barely falling short, finishing with a 299.

Pavlowsky opened his series with 11 no-doubt-about-it strikes before driving his last shot in the pocket once again – but leaving the solid 10 pin.

Afterwards, the right-handed Pavlowsky conceded that he felt he had only a 50-50 chance of striking after he released his final shot.

“The rotation wasn’t there,” said Pavlowsky, a Reseda resident. “The throw was not great, but I thought maybe, hopefully, it would carry.”

What happened was what Pavlowsky had feared.

“I wasn’t surprised,” Pavlowsky said. “I expected a ‘ringing 10’ eventually.”

Pavlowsky’s strong effort came on the opening week of the summer league and represented his personal best. In January, 2013, Pavlovsky shot a 290 (a spare, then 11 strikes) during a blazing 734 series (290-235-209).

He is averaging 216 and has been bowling in leagues for 10 years.

As for his 299 game, Pavlowsky added: “I’m a little disappointed. But it’s the first week. I have lots of nights left.”

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