Dan Petriello got off to a fast start, and the final results were striking.
The Commack sophomore rolled a 278, 244 and a personal-best 290 for a career-high 812 series in the Cougars' 3-0 Suffolk League III bowling win Monday over Northport at AMF Commack Vet Lanes.
"I felt like I had the right equipment, the right line and I was able to find the pocket all day," said Petriello, who entered with a 214.54 average this season. "I guess it was my time to shine."
Teammate Evan Haas said of Petriello: "He's an amazing bowler and he really took off. He deserves everything that he gets."
The Cougars had a season-high 3,356 series to the Tigers' 2,725 in their 1,101-841, 1,124-908, 1,131-976 victory.
Commack's Mike Regan bowled a 247 in Game 2. The junior, who entered with a team-high 220.17 average, said he made an adjustment after bowling 210 in the opening game.
"I switched balls going into the second game," said Regan, who went from a 15-pound Storm IQ Tour ball to a 15-pound Storm Wipe Out ball. "The Wipe Out one hooks less than the IQ one, so by using that, I was able to have more area throwing the ball because the lanes were dry."
Northport (3-6), the defending League III champion, won the two-game season series last year.\
The Cougars (7-2) turned the tables this season.
"There was all this hype, but we didn't want to lose the good streak we had going," said Haas, who bowled a 224 in Game 3 of a 648 series. "I felt the pressure was off us in that third game, where we still had to win our points, but we could just focus more on ourselves."
Coming off a second-place finish in the Suffolk boys singles tournament last week, Northport's Henry Bogner bowled a 233 in Game 2 of a 565 series. Ethan Feuer led the Tigers with a 591 series.
Second-place Commack (178 points) is right behind Middle Country (183.5) in the league standings. The two teams meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Commack.
"Right now, we have all of our bowlers performing at a high level," Cougars coach Brian Gasser said. "If we bowl like we just did against Northport, we're going to be right there for the league title."