AFP and Senate to go all-out at UNTV Cup Finals Game 2

UNTV News   •   March 11, 2019   •   1983

A loose battle during the Game 1 of the Best of 3 Finals between the AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)
A loose battle during Game 1 of the Best of 3 Finals between the AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders. (Rey Vercide / Photoville International)

For AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders, UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals on Monday (March 11) is going to be a do-or-die Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Though the AFP is ahead by one game, they already want to end the series at Game 2 and claim their 3rd regular season championship trophy in the league for public service.

AFP Cavaliers head coach, Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “Sabi ko nga sa mga players, kailangan ibigay na lahat for Game 2, huwag nang isipin ang Game 3… since Day 1 nitong season, nag-usap kami na pilitin namin makuha ulit this year,” he said.

“Pero pinaka-importante kasi noon, sabi ko nga sa kanila, para makatulong kami sa beneficiaries namin [AFP Educational Benefit System Office] sa mga nangangailangan na fellow soldiers, pang-aral ng mga anak nila. Kaya medyo high-moral yung team, second lang yung individual na pwede ma-achieve. Una talaga yung makatulong sa beneficiary namin,” added Manucat.

Despite defeating the Senate in their first encounter, the AFP Cavaliers are not underestimating the Defenders.

“We know naman na ang defending champ [ay ang] Senate. Kami, ngayon lang ulit nakatungtong sa finals so yung pressure, napakataas sobra. Kaya, kumbaga ano lang talaga — puso, kung sino yung mas gustong manalo, kung sino yung gustong makatulong para sa beneficiaries, talaga yun na lang. May the best team win na lang talaga kasi hindi rin ganoon kadali makalaban ang Senate, dadaan ka talaga sa butas ng karayom,” power forward, Wilfredo Casulla Jr said.

As for the Senate Defenders, Game 2 is a now or never situation. And even though they came from an upset loss they want to remain optimistic of the chance that is left in this final series.

Assistant coach, Charles Fermin said, “Out of 40 minutes na laro, 38 minutes eh dominated namin di ba? Siguro talagang ganoon ang basketball, hanggang hindi tapos ang 40 minutes o overtime period eh hindi pa sa iyo ang ball game. Masakit pero iyon ang reality ng basketball. So, move on tayo, prepare ulet tayo sa Game 2 sa Araneta.”

On the other hand, Senate’s power forward, Ryan Mangaran said, “Bago lumabas ng court, binitawang salita nina Coach at Senator,’Hindi pa ito ang huling laro natin, may pagkakataon pa tayong lumaban sa Game 2. Ito ang sinasabing series eh, mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon bumawi sa Game 2 at Game 3.'”

Although this AFP-Senate battle is nearing its last salvo, both teams are looking beyond the competition.

Senator Joel Villanueva said, “Alam mo every Sunday, yung sacrifices that we have to make, yung mga committments namin, we give it up, even family, even yung mga events namin sa family… we try to, hanggang kaya, na-i-cancel or i-reset para lang makapunta sa UNTV [Cup] dahil, una, for the love of the game and at the same time, we know yung noble intention nitong liga na ito na makatulong sa beneficiaries.”

“Siyempre iba yun, eh, it’s something money cannot buy… kakaiba eh it’s one of a kind… kaya we laud the efforts and kudos to the leadership of UNTV Cup especially kay Kuya Daniel Razon na nakaisip nito. And then yung camaraderie namin dito sa Senado, kita nyo naman yung closeness and yung paggiging open namin sa isa’t isa, para talagang tunay na magkakapatid kami dito sa Senate Basketball Team,” he added.

“Yung pag-sali pa lang namin dito, that will be one of the most memorable events sa buhay ko considering na we’re playing and we are helping. Just like sabi nga Kuya Daniel na ‘Ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama. So, ito yung basic example ng phrase na iyon”, AFP Cavaliers pioneer player SGT Alvin Zuñiga said.

True to UNTV Cup’s advocacy as the league of public servants, attendees can start availing services of different participating government agencies organized by the UNTV Action Center as soon as the coliseum gate opens at 4PM.

The agencies that will render public services are: Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), PAG-IBIG Fund, NBI, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost).

The awarding of donations to the teams’ beneficiaries will be held during Game 2’s program.

Should the AFP Cavaliers end the series, their beneficiary will get P4,000,000 and Senate Defenders’ charity will have P2,000,000 unless the series will be extended to Game 3.

Other team’s beneficiaries will also be present for awarding which will be receiving P1,000,000 for 3rd place (NHA Builders), P500,000 for 4th place (PNP Responders).

And P100,000 each for the remaining team 10 teams that did not qualify for the Final 4.

UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 will be aired live on UNTV Channel 37, Monday at 9pm. — Raymond Lacsa

DENR Warriors make UNTV Cup history, wins championship

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 10, 2020

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors made UNTV Cup history after winning the championship on Monday (March 9).

The DENR Warriors defeated the previous champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers in a best-of-three series of the UNTV Cup Season 8.

The rookie team dominated in the first and second game of the series. The AFP Cavaliers did not back down in fighting for the championship but the DENR Warriors were relentless in securing their first championship.

Game 2 ended with the finals score of 99-91.

DENR Warrior coach Norlito Eneran expressed his gratitude to the DENR Warrior players for their sacrifices.

“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players, coaching staff talagang ang dami nilang sakripisyo para rito. Hindi biro ang ginawa namin, (I am thankful to the players and coaching staff, they sacrificed a lot for this. What we did was no joke),” he said.

Ed Rivera of the DENR Warriors is the most valuable player for his boldness in the court, scoring a total of 24 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 block. Meanwhile, Ralp Lansang secured 22 points for the DENR, Ryan Abanes and Archie Gamboa scored 20 and 11 ponts, respectively.

For the AFP Cavaliers, Boyet Bautista scored 29 points followed by Romeo Almerol with 17 points and Jerry Lumongsod scored 15 points.

The DENR Warriors will receive P4 million for their chosen charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated. Meanwhile the AFP Cavaliers won P2 million for AFP Educational Benefits System Office.

UNTV Cup Season 8 will give a total of P10 million to various institutions and their chosen charities.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

DENR Warriors rout AFP Cavaliers in Game 1 of UNTV Cup title series

Robie de Guzman   •   March 2, 2020

DENR Point Guard Arturo Atablanco drives while AFP Point Guard Boyet Bautista looks for a chance to steal the ball.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors are now on the cusp of winning the UNTV Cup Season 8 title after routing the defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers, 90-73, in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series on Sunday at Paco Arena in Manila.

Warriors dominated the ball game from the first quarter and successfully thwarted attempts by the Cavaliers to block their shots in the third quarter.

In the last quarter, the seasoned Cavaliers still tried to pump in more points with top players Romeo Almerol, Darwin Cordero and Jerry Lumongsod.

But the rookie team Warriors, led by Coach Norlito Eneran, defended tightly and rotated the ball so well that it posted impressive scores from the field to finish the game in double digits.

DENR’s Ralph Lansang and Ryan Abanes were picked as best players of the game after scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively.

Ed Rivera added 15 points to DENR’s score while Desederio Ayson Jr. provided 14 points and Melvin Bangal with 13 points.

DENR’s tough defense to AFP Cavalier’s gunners was key to beating the defending champ at Game 1

Coach Eneran admitted the team had to work doubly hard in order to clinch the title on their first try against the veteran Cavaliers in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.  

“Ang sikreto ko itong nasa likod ko, yung mga coaching staff talagang pinagtrabahuhan nila ito. Nag-isip kami, nag-analyze paano tatalunin ang Champion na AFP. Talagang hirap, sakripisyo,” Eneran said.

The team was also boosted by the support from their colleagues at the DENR, led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and other top officials.

“I’m very happy because aside from giving service to the people especially sa ating different departments, we are Department of Natural and Resources. We are providing the service to people, now we would like to entertain with this basketball, so maraming salamat kay Mr. Daniel Razon,” Cimatu said in the sidelines of the ballgame.

“Nag-paid off ang sakripisyo namin… Palagay ko, the biggest factor is ‘yung suporta ng departamento. You see all these people, kahit hindi ka panalo enough na eh. ‘Yung exposure na ibinigay ng UNTV, nakikita na we are doing something for Manila Bay yun na po yun, panalo na po yun,” Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo said.

The Warriors aim to complete a series sweep as they go against the Cavaliers for another game on Monday, March 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Game 2 will reveal whether the rookie team will take home this season’s title or the Cavaliers will be able to force a do-or-die Game 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)

AFP-DENR duel set for UNTV Cup 8 Finals

UNTV News   •   February 28, 2020

The DENR Warriors is expected to capitalize on their youth while the AFP Cavaliers will bank on their experience as they battle for the 8th UNTV Cup title. 

After months of weekly battles, the road to the championship series begins for UNTV Cup Season 8.

On Sunday, defending champion AFP Cavaliers will try to set the momentum in the final series against the rookie team DENR Warriors.

“It’s overwhelming to the team, for the management, to the AFP community may pagkakataon ulit kami makatulong ng malaki sa aming beneficiary which is the EBSO,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.

AFP-EBSO (Armed Forces of the Educational Benefit System Office) is the institution in the Armed Forces of the Philippines which grants scholarship to the dependents of soldiers killed in action or disabled while performing their duties.

Last season the AFP Cavaliers donated their championship prize of P4,000,000 to AFP-EBSO.

This season, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources basketball squad, DENR Warriors aims to become the first rookie team to win the UNTV Cup championship title.

“Yung panlaban namin sa kanila is yung hunger factor na first time kami rito plus the fact na naglalaro kami na para sa beneficiary namin na Environmental Heroes Foundation. Inspirasyon namin yung mga mga namatay na mga hero ng kalikasan,” DENR Warriors Coach Norlito Eneran expressed.

DENR’s charity, the Environmental Heroes Foundation Incorporated (EFHI) is already assured of P2,000,000 donation as a prize of 2nd placer should they fall short in the series. EFHI helps the family of the slain forest rangers and coastal patrollers.

Meanwhile, the Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders will have to face each other for third place. The third best gets to take home P1,000,000 for their charity while the fourth placer gets to donate P500,000 for theirs.

The rest of the teams who weren’t able to make it to the Final 4 is entitled to have P100,000 for their chosen charity.

But those 8 teams will have another chance to donate more cash to their charities as they will participate in a 3-on-3 basketball pocket tournament which will take place during the UNTV Cup Best of 3 Finals Series.

Dubbed as the “liga ng public servants (league of public servants)”, UNTV Cup, aims to promote camaraderie, sportsmanship, and charity among the participating government agencies through basketball.

Wish 107.5 creator, Kuya Daniel Razon, conceptualized UNTV Cup seven years ago, offering participating teams to choose a charity institution or endeavor as the beneficiary of their prize money.

On Sunday (March 1), games will start at 3 PM at Paco Arena, Manila. It will also be aired live on UNTV with broadcast also via UNTV and UNTV Cup social media pages and website.

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