It will be judgment day for shuttlers from Pampanga, Tarlac, Cebu and Makati as the four teams scramble for the top two seats in the badminton competition of the 2011 National Boscolympics held at the Jomabo Badminton Court in Silay City.
Pampanga, with a 7-0 win-loss card, will face Tarlac while Cebu will clash against Makati in separate semifinals match-up to determine the finalists.
Mentored by Orlando Maniti Jr., the Pampanga shuttlers displayed their outstanding skills and beat their opponents en route to clinching the No. 1 spot in the team standings after the eliminations.
Undefeated in the singles division, Pampanga’s Rafael Jason Pangilinan and Jose Emmanuel Carlos anchored the team’s title bid, while Rogelio Miguel Reyes and Yves Miguel Bautista kept their counterparts at bay in the doubles event.
No.2 Cebu team, which carries a 6-1 record, and No.3 Makati squad (5-2) will play for the other finals berth in the crossover semifinals.
Earlier, Cebu turned back Makati with Chino Farrarons and Sergi Orate prevailing in the doubles event on a deciding set over Makati’s Patrick Lamirez and Francis Maandal.
But in the singles, Makati’s Justine Sullera’ managed to outplay Cebu’s Clark Surigao.
Tarlac (3-4) notched the No. 4 spot via the winner-over-the-other rule applied by the organizers on its close rival Sta. Rosa team (3-4).
Tarlac posted a 2-1 victory over Sta. Rosa in the elimination round despite Stephen Sarmiento’s retirement due to a right ankle-injury during the first game in the singles’ match.
Other teams that saw action in the badminton competition were Canlubang, Mandaluyong and host, Victorias, which finished with two wins and six losses.*NAB
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