Games in Class A of the 2012 Shirley's Coffee Shop Singles/Doubles Badminton Tournament went underway over the weekend.
After giving way to matches in the two lower divisions, the men's Class A held four games last Friday. In the singles, Andreau Galvez notched two wins after beating Ferdie Arago and Hapi Gabriel, Galvez needed three games to thwart Arago, 21-9, 20-21, 21-13, before sweeping Gabriel in his second straight match of the day, 21-16, 21-13.
Arago went on to recover from a tough three-game loss to Galvez after topping Macoi Aguda, 21-16, 21-15.
In the men's doubles Class A, Galvez joined forces with Gabriel in defeating Dick Guintu and Jexler Caranto, 21-11, 21-19.
In the women's Class A doubles, the pair of Marlene Peraja and Lani Bartolome also took only two games to beat the duo of Merlie Tolentino and Gigi Zapanta, 21-13, 21-16.
In other division matches, Chris Hilario improved to a 3-0 record after his straight game win over Aries Cordero, 21-13, 21-16, in the men's Class B singles last Friday.
In the Class B doubles, Wowie Abuel and John Revilla took the long route to victory against Oh Im Bog and Raj Jayalal. Abuel and Revilla prevailed in the opening game, 21-16, but failed to close the match early when Oh and Jayalal recovered in the second outing, 21-18. Abuel and Revilla then regained their form in the deciding game, 21-15, to remain unbeaten (3-0) in their pool.
In the women's Class B singles, Marylyn Montano also remains perfect (pending Saturday and Sunday's games) after sweeping Elna Curate last Friday, 21-17, 21-15. Duplicating Montano's straight game victory was Toshiko Obata, who crushed Cristy Villaflor, 21-3, 21-6.
In Class C, Joel Ortega and Bong Liagrazon notched two wins in the doubles event, beating Jordan Pangilinan and Celso Agui, 21-16, 21-17, and Brandon Talania and Jun Estolas, 21-13, 21-18. Talania and Estolas went on to split their Friday assignments after downing Pzao Shung Xun and Kim Young Suk, 21-14, 21-13.
In the Class C singles match, Ramir Belialba survived Talania, 15-21, 21-20,21-15, while Pangilinan made short work of Panapa Peteru, 21-10, 21-9/
In the women's Class C singles, Julie Lee and Diane Francisco swept Lani Santos, 21-8, 21-11, and Janelle Pangilinan, 21-16, 21-13, respectively. The lone women's C doubles match of the night also ended after only two games with Francisco and Alma Ortega cruising past Santos and Rose Lazaro.
Club mourns passing of former member
Meanwhile, NMBA yesterday mourned the death of former member Emil De Belen, who was one of the founding members of the club.
De Belen, who also starred in local basketball leagues, died from gunshot wounds sustained during an apparent altercation in Manila, Philippines, according to his relative and NMBA member Edwin Montoya.
De Belen, who worked for Treasure Island Poker before relocating back to Manila a couple of years back, is survived by his wife Jinky and daughter Daphne.