The season started in October 2018 with 14 banks vying for championship glory, however, in the end “there can only be one.” This year Bank of the Bahamas became that “one.” They started the season slowly, suffering from “championship malaise” after losing in seven games to Central Bank of the Bahamas. BOB overcame a mediocre regular season to win their second championship in three years by defeating Royal Bank of Canada in a hard fought seven game series.
They began their trek to the championship by avenging their loss in last year’s finals by vanquishing the defending champions and 5th seeded Central Bank 3-1 in the first round. In the semi-finals they swept pennant winners GSIM to book their ticket in the finals.
RBC’s road to the championship started when they took down the powerful #2 seed Fidelity 3-1 in their first-round match-up. They advanced to the finals by sweeping the surprising #6 seed Scotiabank 3-0 with MVP candidate Tyrone Knowles, behind a balanced attack by Xynea Johnson, Kristopher Turnquest and Philip Brown.
In the finals, RBC took the early 2-1 lead on night one. However, BOB stormed back to tie the series 3-3 and forced a game seven. In game seven it all came down to the final frame where BOB’s championship experience kicked in and bolstered them to a come from behind win. BOB defeated Royal Bank of Canada in a hard-fought seven-game series. BOB’s Managing Director Ken Brathwaite paced the team with a 190-average assisted by leadoff bowler Driskell Rolle who averaged 186 for the series. RBC was led by Philip Brown with a team-high 184 average. The Directors of the Bankers Athletics Association extend congratulations to Bank of the Bahamas on winning Bankers Bowling Championship 2019 and runner-up RBC for being a worthy opponent.