Junior players and Community Badminton Club members Deether Edralin and Kevin Park arranged their title showdown in the Class C singles of the 2013 Shirley’s Badminton Classic after defeating separate semis foes last Sunday at the TSL Sports Complex.
Edralin took the first finals seat in Class C after sweeping Celso Agui in their Final Four duel, 21-9, 21-11. The semis win was Edralin’s second victory of the night, as he also played in a knockout match a few hours earlier just to make it to the Final Four of Class C. Edralin battled Panapa Peteru for the last semis ticket and also swept the latter, 21-11, 21-15, to march into the playoff round.
Park went through a different route to the finals, as he needed three games to eliminate the hard-fighting A.J. Ortega in the second semis collision of the night. Park prevailed in the opening game, 21-18, but failed to finish off his opponent early as Ortega recovered with a 21-19 victory. The deciding third set was another neck-and-neck fight with Park eking out a thrilling 22-20 win to make the Class C finale a family affair. The two CBC players will dispute the Class C championship this weekend.
In other results, the semis cast in the A and B singles divisions were completed over the weekend.
Punching the last ticket to the Final Four was Oh Im Bog, who had to beat Mario Diola in a knockout game last Sunday to advance to the next round. Oh and Diola finished the round-robin elimination with similar 2-2 records and with the last semis berth on the line, neither player seemed ready to give in, as the make-or-break match was stretched to three games. Diola moved one win away from making the cut in Class B when he won in the first game, 21-19, but Oh stole the semis berth after prevailing in the last two, 21-11, 21-16.
With the tough victory, Oh joined top-ranked Jordan Pangilinan, Ezekiel Macario, and Deether Edralin to the semifinals. Pangilinan was unbeaten in the six-player Class B, completing a perfect record after slipping past Joel Ortega last Friday, 20-21, 21-13, 21-12. Macario was ranked second with a 3-2 slate despite dropping his last elimination game to eventual third finisher Edralin, 16-21, 21-16, 20-21.
In the Class A singles, the flawless Andreau Galvez (4-0) leads the Final Four cast and will be paired against Macoi Aguda (1-3), who notched the last semis berth in the group. Jexler Caranto (3-1) and Ferdie Arago (2-2) will collide in the other semis pairing this weekend after finishing second and third, respectively.
Galvez recorded a sweep in the elimination round after outclassing Aguda last Saturday, 21-11, 21-15, while Arago also defeated the latter in an earlier game that day, 21-9, 21-11.
Meanwhile, results in the women’s singles, doubles, and 35-and-above contests will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Thursday edition.