Phl bets gain quarters in PBaRS tilt

Carlos Cayanan needed an extra set to repulse Jon Masongsong, 21-17, 12-21, 21-17, as he led three other members of the national juniors team into the quarterfinal round of the U-19 boys’ singles in the P1-million Philippine Badminton Ranking System (PBaRS) at the Powersmash in Makati City yesterday.

John Kenneth Monterubio bucked Lance Bautista’s tough challenge and pounded out a 21-16, 21-17 victory while fellow Phl jrs team members Joper Escueta and Gerald Sibayan likewise essayed a pair of straight-set victories to advance to the Last 8 phase.

Escueta, winner of last year’s U-19 National Open crown, ripped Joshua Malelang, 21-10, 21-9, while Sibayan toppled Patrick Gosiaco, 21-6, 21-8, in a pair of 20-minute victories by two of the fancied players in the group.

Joshua Monterubio and Kevin Cudiamat of Allied Victor, Prima’s Rabie Obaob and Wilbert Natividad of Golden Shuttle Foundation (GSF) also won their respective matches to join the four Phl bets in the quarters of the event sponsored by MVP Sports Foundation-Goal Pilipinas!, Bingo Bonanza Corp. and Victor.

Joshua Monterubio downed Christian Sison, 21-10, 21-18; Cudiamat rapped Jeffrey Forondo, 21-14, 21-9; Obaob defeated Clarence Filart, 21-15, 21-16; while Natividad turned back Elijah Boac, 17-21, 21-19, 21-11.

Three GSF bets, on the other hand, made it to the quarters in the girls’ U-19 side as Bianca Carlos, Patrisha Malibiran and Victoria Vizmonte scored contrasting victories over their respective rivals in the tournament backed by PLDT-Smart Foundation, Victor PCOME Industrial Sales, Gatorade and Powersmash.

Carlos made short work of Desiree Buiza, 21-8, 21-15; Malibiran held of Alizandra Candelaria of Allied-Victor, 21-19, 21-7; while Vizmonte stopped Bettina Abrahan, 21-14, 20-22, 23-21.

Joining them were Pamela Lim of Escoses Training Camp, who disposed of Anne Macabenta, 21-12, 21-7; national team member Danica San Ignacio, who beat Gabrielle Abrahan, 21-6, 21-4; Elisha Ongcuangco of IJMS Badminton Club, who turned back Selina San Diego, 21-14, 13-21, 21-10; and Bacolod’s Nikki Therese Servando, who outplayed Althea Osorio, 21-11, 21-11.

In the U-15 girls singles, Denise De Vera and Ysabel Leonardo hurdled their respective rivals to lead the quarterfinalists, who included Jessie Francisco, Carmen Dumandan, Samantha Ramos, Joy Anuales, Mary Ann Maranon and Joella De Vera.

Twelve-year-old Markie Alcala, meanwhile, continued his big strides in boys’ U-15 as he survived Vincent Manuel, 22-20, 17-21, 21-17, to tow Arman Mannlalangit, Julius Quindoza, Erick Balatbat, Frell Gabuelo, Raphael Deato, Alvin Morada and Patrick Gecosala into the quarters.

The media partners of the event are The Philippine STAR, TV5, Badminton Extreme Philippines Magazine, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Magic 89.9, 99.5 RT and 103.5 WOW! as media partners. For results and other details, log on to pbars.com. PR

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