It's playoff time for 2012 Shirley's Coffee Shop Singles/Doubles Badminton Tournament after the elimination games were completed over the weekend at the TSL Sports Complex.
In the men's doubles Class A, the tandem of Hapi Gabriel and Andreau Galvez leads the playoff cast after posting a 4-1 record in the round-robin competition. Actually, the duo tied the pairs of Sam Jones and Glen Bluutjens and Macoi Aguda and Ferdie Arago for first place, but Gabriel and Galvez won the tiebreak. Jones and Bluutjens ended up seeded second in the playoffs which will start this weekend and they will face the third-ranked team of Aguda and Arago. Wowie Abuel and Joseph Santos, which had a 2-3 record, completed the semis cast and they will duel the top-seeded tandem of Gabriel and Galvez.
In the men's doubles Class B, Jexler Caranto and Joel Ortega and Vic Regis and Jojo Savellano clinched the two playoff tickets in Pool A. Caranto and Ortega were undefeated in the round-robin elimination, holding a 3-0 slate, while Savellano and Regis held a 2-1 card.
The top-ranked Ortega and Caranto will face in the semis the duo of Oh Im Boh and Raj Jayalal, who finished second in Pool B, posting a 2-1 card. Abuel and John Revilla took the top seeding in Pool B with their perfect 3-0 slate and will challenge Regis and Savellano in the other semis tiff this weekend.
In the men's doubles Class C, there is only one pool with Jordan Pangilinan and Celso Agui leading the group with their immaculate 5-0 record. Joining the unbeaten pair in the playoffs are Rommel Bartolo and Ramir Belialba (4-1), Ortega and Bong Lagrazon (3-2), and Pzao Shung Wun and Kim Young Suk (2-3).
In the men's singles, only the playoff cast in Class C and B were completed over the weekend.
Abuel and Chris Hilario were deadlock for the top spot in Class B with their similar 4-1 slates, but the former won the tiebreak and got the No. 1 seeding. Abuel will square off against Caranto, who took the last qualifying slot after posting a 2-3 mark. Hilario, on the other hand, will meet Oh, who earned the third seeding, following his 3-2 slate in the elimination round.
The men's Class C has two groups with Belialba and Ortega winning the two playoff berths in Pool A and Brandon Talania and Bernard Aquino claiming the two other semis tickets in Pool B. Belialba was undefeated in Pool A, while Ortega had a 2-1 record. Talania duplicated Belialba's feat, while Aquino (1-2) prevailed in the three-way tie for the last and second playoff seat.
In the men's Class A, Galvez (4-0) and Arago (4-1) are likely to advance, but have to wait for their opponents, as four more players are still battling for the two remaining playoff slots.
The qualifiers in the women's doubles and singles will be published in Saipan Tribune's Thursday edition.