Season 7 third placer NHA Builders failed to defeat the defending champion AFP Cavaliers during their face off last Thursday with final score 86-84.
It will be recalled that the Cavaliers have beaten the Builders in the best of three semifinals series last season.
Former Letran Knights standouts Boyet Bautista and Air Man Jerry Lumongsod were hailed as Best Players of the Game with 17 points and 19 points a piece including a crucial 3-point shot from Lumongsod in the final one minute and 38 seconds for the AFP to get the lead, 83-80.
In the first quarter, the NHA Builders were ahead by 7 points against AFP, 19-12, led by Alvin Vitug who contributed 11 points that early.
But the AFP Cavaliers quickly recovered in the 2nd quarter and tied the game at 37 points.
And in the 3rd quarter, the AFP Cavaliers took the lead, 64-61.
The last period was a neck-to-neck bout as the games have tied many times.
NHA dominated the boards by 51 compared to 20 of AFP while the men in uniform assisted more, 14-9.
“It’s a hard-fought game, alam namin talaga na yung NHA malakas talaga yan since before dahil kumpleto rin sila. Siguro breaks of the game, sinuwerte lang kami noong huli,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat said.
NHA Builders Head Coach Benete Palad revealed, “Breaks din eh, hindi nagpapasok ang tira mga namin medyo napapabayan yung mga fastbreak nila, yung opensa nila pumasok yung mga three points. Medyo sinuwerte sila, overall maganda naman nilalaro ng players ko.”
In the other game, the rookie team DENR Warriors stayed undefeated after a triumphant bout over the Agriculture Food Masters, 94-85.
The Food Masters were leading over the DENR Warriors, in the first quarter and in 2nd quarter.
But in the 2nd half the DENR Warriors started to turn the game to their side as they took the lead at the end of the third period.
Aside from the tight defense of DENR, the bench players have stepped up too showing the depth of Warriors line up against the Food Masters.
“Sinabihan ko lang mga players ko na we have to remenber na we are playing as a team, if we continue individually tatambakan talaga tayo. Good thing, the team responded,” DENR Warriors Head Coach Dir. Norlito Eneran expressed.
“Noong nag-run na yung DENR ay nataranta na yung mga bata. Nawala na yung composure. Pero we lost to a better team,”Agriculture Food Masters Head Coach Rodney Santos said.
Ryan Abanes and Desiderio Ayson shined as the Best Players of the Game with 23 points and 18 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao toppled the PhilHealth Plus with a 98-91 victory.
With this win, the Kamao now holds a 5-1-win loss record.
“Noong first half, wala kami depensa, binigay naming laro kaya ang tapos ng score ng first half 47-all. Sinabi ko lang sa dug out, Guys hindi yan laro natin. Kailangan nating dumipensa ng maayos, kailangan nating magsakrapisyo kung gusto nating manalo,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez revealed.
Next Sunday, December 01, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao will face PITC Global Traders in the main game of the triple header while the AFP Cavaliers will face former 2-time champion Judiciary Magis in the first game and the Agriculture Food Masters will take on the NHA Builders after.
Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis
GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao def. PhilHealth Plus, 98-91
Malacañang-PSC 98 – Dela Cuesta 20, Antonio 16, Javier 15, Besa 11, Jimenez 11, Roque 8, Javier 6, Punzalan 4, Gadong 3, Garrido 2, Ignario 2
After the recently concluded ASOP Year 8 on November 10, there is a new challenge for composers who want to participate in the A Song of Praise Music Festival Year 9.
The song ‘Sa ‘Di Mabilang Na Tala’, written by Carlo David and interpreted by Gidget Dela Llana, was hailed as the ASOP Year 8 winner.
For the upcoming ASOP Festivals, International Televangelist and the man behind the concept of ASOP, Bro. Eli Soriano calls on composers to write a song that can be sung by the whole Christian community.
“Let us create songs na hindi para lang sana sa individual singers, parang sa group singing, para bang congregational song (Let us create song that are not just for individual singers but also for group singing, like a congregational song),” he said.
He also prepared to increase the grand prize for the next ASOP Festivals.
“I will share some of my hard-earned money. Kung mayroon sanang magandang awit na pang congregational, I will come up with P2 million grand prize sa susunod nating mga ASOP (If there is a good congregational song, I will come up with P2 million grand prize for the next ASOP [Festivals]),” he added.
Meanwhile, ASOP resident judge Mon Del Rosario said the new concept for the upcoming ASOP competition is challenging and exciting at the same time.
“That is a good direction, dahil nga competition ito, may tendency ang mga songwriter na sumulat ng mga competition type na mga kanta (Because this is a competition, there is a tendency for songwriters to write competition-type songs),” Del Rosario said.
Del Rosario said they will adjust the mechanics of the competition to fit congregational songs in the ASOP Music Festival.
To participate in the ASOP Festival visit the program’s social media websites and asoptv.com—AAC (with reports from Mirasol Abogadil)
A Song of Praise Year 8 will have its finals night on November 10 at the New Frontier Theater.
Competitions have always been tough. Contestants would always feel intense pressure especially after putting in a lot of time and effort in being the best they can be.
But for ASOP’s composer finalists, winning is only a bonus.
Pau Ortiz, who co-wrote “Alay Ko” with Madonna Rosas, said he feels no pressure from the competition. Pau would even listen happily to all of the entries and was able to memorize some of them.
“Kasi po naniniwala po kami na ang star po ng competition ay si God, bonus na lang po talaga in case na magkaroon ka ng praise or manalo ka sa competition (Because we believe that the star of the competition is God. Recognition from winning the competition is just a bonus),” Pau said during a press conference on Tuesday (November 5).
Most of the finalists took their inspiration from personal experiences and the vision of having their song become a source of hope for those who are struggling in life.
“We wrote this song for the reason that maraming taong nawawalan ng pag-asa, nakakalimutang magpasalamat sa Dios (A lot of people are losing hope and forget to thank God). It’s all about—whatever comes our way, it is His will. We should always be thankful to God everyday,” according to Roman Cundangan, co-composer of “God Has His Purpose”.
“Sagwan” composer, Aiza Narag said suicide is one of the serious issues nowadays and she wants to remind people they are not alone.
“Para lang po mapaalala sa mga tao na mayroon pong Dios na kasama tayo sa mga pagsubok, (So that people will remember that there is a God who is always with us during trying times),” she said.
Rinz Ruiz, composer of song “Tahan Na”, recalled his friend who was the inspiration for his song. His friend suffered severe depression after his mother died, he suffered from a grave illness and he lost the will work.
“Sinulat ko po itong kanta para subukang pagaangin iyong nararamdaman niya, (I wrote the song in order to try and ease his burden)” he said.
The composers also said there is no need to write more sad songs. Amid the competition, all of them are united towards one goal — to provide hope and positive vibes through their songs.
“Bakit pa tayo magsusulat ng something na magdi-drive sa tao na magpakamatay (Why would we write something that will drive people to take their lives?). Instead, inspire them tapos use God kasi Siya lang naman ang absolute na answer (Inspire them instead by using God because He is the absolute answer) every time we are going through obstacles,” Pau said.—AAC
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