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8 teams compete at UNTV Cup Executive Face-off 

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, May 5th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff opening ceremony on 2017. (Russell Julio / Photoville International)

The off-season games of UNTV Cup, Executive Face-off, will begin on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
Eight teams, mostly composed of officials from various government agencies, will compete for the P1-million grand prize to be given to their chosen beneficiaries.
UNTV Cup is the brainchild of public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon  to foster camaraderie among the participating government agencies while delivering charity and public service through basketball.
The following teams will be sharing the hard court: PNP Responders, AFP Cavaliers, Judiciary Magis, DOJ Justice Boosters, Senate Sentinels, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, Ombudsman Graftbusters and GSIS Thunder Furies.
Some Cabinet members of the Duterte administration are also expected to play at the event.
A total of P2 million and P350,000 will be given away for all the teams’ charities, tax-free through the support of UNTV Cup’s main sponsor Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International (MCGI)
The following cash prizes are as follows:
Champion  – Php1,000,000,
2nd Place   – Php 500,000
3rd Place    – Php 250,000
4th Place    – Php 200,000
5th Place    – Php 100,000
6th Place    – Php 100,000
7th Place    – Php 100,000
8th Place    – Php 100,000
For the former off-season champion AFP Cavaliers, defending their title is a huge challenge.
AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “I think yung team ay ready naman pareho, walang problema. Ang problema ay sana marami kaming bago ngayon, maagang mag-gel sa team.”
(I think both teams are ready, so there should be no problem. But we have new faces this time and I hope the team will be able to gel quickly.)
“Pero sa tingin ko nga defending champion tayo, dapat pakita natin na defending champion nga tayo,” he added.
(We are the defending champions, we should remind them why we really are defending champions.)
Meanwhile, the PNP Responders headed by Police Director General Oscar Albayalde, promised to avenge their defeat after losing to AFP Cavaliers last Executive Face-off championship.
The regular season champion, the Senate basketball team, is expected to grace the occasion.
This year’s Executive Face-off will run until July 30, 2018, with the knockout championship game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Witness the opening games of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face Off at the Pasig City Sports Center, this Sunday, May 6 at 3 PM with a telecast on UNTV and webcast via www.untvweb.com.
Don’t miss the performance of Wish107.5’s 1st Wishcovery Grand Champion Princess Sevillena.

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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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PNP to release list of election hotspots on October 17

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, October 15th, 2018

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to release the list of election hotspots across the country on the last day of filing of certificate of candidacy (COC) on October 17.

PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde, however, named five areas where incidents of election-related violence are perennial.

These are Abra, Masbate, Lanao, Zamboanga Del Norte and Zamboanga Del Sur.

Albayalde noted, however, that these areas are not the top five in the list because they are still finalizing their records.

“Ito iyong sinasabi natin na mga perrenial na andyan sa election watchlist areas (EWAs) na di nawawala tuwing election. Ilalabas natin ang final after the end of candidacy,” Albayalde said. – Lea Ylagan / Marje Pelayo

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Senate, AFP aim for 3-0 at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Senate’s defense was so effective that they were able to limit GSIS’ main gunner James Patrick Abugan to just 16 points. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 14

2PM – Senate vs DOJ
3:30PM – Malacañang-PSC vs PhilHealth
5PM – AFP vs PITC

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will try to keep their share in the Group-A lead when they clash against their respective rivals in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate will go up against the Department of Justice Boosters at two in the afternoon while the AFP will collide with the rookie PITC Global Traders at 5 p.m.

The Defenders and Cavaliers are looking to score their third straight wins in the ongoing elimination rounds.

Senate Coach Mike Fermin said his team spent the last two weeks conditioning their minds and bodies in preparation for the contest with the Boosters.

“Tuluy-tuloy lang ang training, conditioning… more on conditioning, polish pa rin sa depensa kasi may lapses pa rin… actually kung di kami maka-depensa di kami maka-iskor,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(We continue to train, condition… more on conditioning, polishing our defense because we still have lapses. Actually if we don’t run defense we can’t score,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

AFP Coach CPL Cornelio ‘Sonny’ Manucat, meanwhile, motivates his players to hold on to their instincts as they prepare to go against the swift-footed and lithe Global Traders.

The PITC has been gunning for their first win after suffering consecutive defeats in their last two matches.

“May tendency kasi na mag-relax every time pagka nakikita nila na kaya nila kalaban, which is bad for the team kasi madadala mo yan, sabi ko killer instinct lang all the time and hopefully, we take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we win the game,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(We tend to relax when we think the opponent’s easy. It’s actually bad for the team. I told them we need to maintain the killer instinct. We need to take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we’ll win the game.)

“Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising marami pa… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising… we still have a lot to give… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time.)

Fresh from their morale-boosting win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, the PhilHealth Plus is eyeing to claim a second win when they tangle with the robust Malacañang-PSC Kamao at three p.m.

Malacañang is also shooting for a third straight win to share the top spot in Group-B with the National Housing Authority.

“Malacañang is a very good team, malalaki sila kumpleto ang team nila. Siguro ang bentahe namin, yung puso ng players namin. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course sa mga supporters namin sa PhilHealth Plus,” Coach Delio Aseron said.

(Malacañang is a very good team, their big and complete. Maybe our advantage is the heart of our players. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course, our supporters in PhilHealth Plus.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

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