AFP, first to have 3 UNTV Cup champion titles

UNTV News   •   March 12, 2019   •   2246

UNTV Cup Season 7 Champions AFP Cavaliers pose for a photo together with their their beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office, the AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Gaudencio Collado and UNTV Cup Founder Kuya Daniel Razon. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

The AFP Cavaliers did not give any chances for Senate Defenders to recover in the best-of-three UNTV Cup Season 7 finals series where the men in uniform defeated the defending champion at their face-off on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with final score of 88-78.

In the first period, both teams exchanged defensive and offensive plays rapidly but, in the end, the Senate Defenders led by 4 points, 18-14.

But the men in uniform started to dominate the Senate team in the 2nd quarter.

The lead of the Cavaliers blew up to 10 points, 62-52, led by the scorching Jerry Lumongsod who bucketed 11 points.

The Defenders tried to rally back but it was not enough because Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod were on fire, shooting 5 threes. All in all, the AFP team made 11 three-point shots while Senate only had two.

Champion coach Sonny Manucat said, “Talagang pinaghirapan namin, since day 1. Talagang sabi namin sa isa’t- isa, nagkaroon kami ng commitment na pipilitin naming kunin ulit yung championship…with God’s grace, eto binigay sa amin [We really worked hard for this since Day 1. We all agreed to aim for another championship… with God’s grace, we achieved it].”

Jerry Lumongsod was hailed as the best player of the game and Finals MVP with 26 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and 1 rebound.

“Sobrang saya, second season ko sa UNTV Cup nakuha namin yung kampyonato. Ako pa yung Finals MVP, talagang overwhelmed [I am very happy. In my second season at UNTV Cup, we earned a championship title and I am also the Most Valuable Player in the Finals. It’s really overwhelming],” said the Air Force Cavalier.

AFP’s rookie player Darwin Cordero also added 19 points while the “Bullet” Boyet Bautista listed 18 points and center Jeffrey Quiambao dropped 11 points.   

As for the Senate Defenders, Season 7 MVP Jeffrey Sanders produced 13 points, James Mangaran and Harly Ng got 12, Marlon Legaspi got 11, while Rommel Balboa connected 10 points.

Senator Sonny Angara said, “Unang-una, congratulations sa AFP Cavaliers, very deserving sila na maging kampeon. At pasalamat kami ulit sa UNTV Season 7, pitong taon ng pamimigay po, palaki ng palaki. Thank you mula sa aming mga beneficiaries yung Kyte Foundation, saka yung Pangarap [Foundation]. Scholarship po at mga gamut. Marami pong matutuwa at salamat [Firstly, congratulations to the AFP Cavaliers. They are really deserving. Thank you to UNTV Cup, seven years of giving and the league continue to grow. Thank you also from our beneficiaries, Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation. [Our cash prize will be used for] scholarships and medicines. Many will be happy. Thank you].”

“Yung sa amin, sinubukan namin pero talagang kinulang. Kung effort lang pag-uusapan, hindi naman kasi kinulang pero ang galing ng shooting ng AFP [On our part, we tried but it really fell short. But talking about effort, we did a lot but AFP was its best in shooting],” the senator explained.

 The champion, AFP Cavaliers will be able to donate their cash prize of P4,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office.

The Senate Defenders, on the other hand, will receive P2,000,000 for their charities: Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation.

 AFP Cavaliers now holds the record of being the first team to have 3 regular season champion titles and will have the opportunity to be the first team to have a back-to-back championship come Season 8. – Bernard Dadis

BOX SCORES

AFP (88) – J. Lumongsod 26, D. Cordero 19, B. Bautista 18, J. Quiambao 11, E. Tan 5, W. Casulla 4, R. Pascual 3, R. Almerol 2

Senate (78) – J. Sanders 13, J. Mangaran 12, H. Ng 12, M. Legaspi 11, R. Balboa 10, R. Malaga 9, M. Omega 6, G. Sevilla 5

QUARTER SCORES: 14-18, 39-37, 62-52, 88-78

UNTV Cup: Judiciary upsets, stops AFP winning streak

UNTV News   •   December 3, 2019

AFP Cavaliers’ big man Jeffrey Quiambao was seen back in action after missing almost the entire 1st round elimination due to shoulder injury.  PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL

Tough defense was Judiciary’s main weapon in defeating the three-time and defending champion AFP Cavaliers last Sunday, 78-72.

“Yung ensayo namin double effort kasi kalaban namin three-time champion, kailangan talaga sila paghandaan. At saka depensa namin medyo maganda kanina kaya siguro tinalo namin sila,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.

On the other hand, AFP Cavaliers head coach Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat II said, “Medyo nagkaroon ng lapses sa defense, yung game plan hindi ginawa.”

Hailed as Best Players of the Game were Jearomel Serrano, who nailed 5 three-pointers, and Chester Tolomia with 17 points.

“Sobrang saya kami […] yung team namin medyo nag-improve talaga yung sa depensa,” Chester Tolomia expressed.

“Eto yung halos pinakamalakas na team ngayon [AFP Cavaliers], kahit papaano nagawan namin ng magandang laban yung AFP at ang resulta nanalo kami,” co-BPG awardee Jearomel Serrano said.

Only the Cavalier Darwin Cordero scored in double digits, 32 points, for AFP.

Because of tough defense, the usual AFP gunners, Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod, were restricted in the scoring department.

Meanwhile, Wilfredo Casulla Jr. was not present in the clash as he is undergoing mandatory schooling for career advancement if the Philippine Air Force which will end after two months.

AFP Cavaliers has now dropped to 2nd place in the ranking with 6 wins and 1 loss, leaving the DENR Warriors on top.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Magis improved its record with 3 wins and 3 losses.

In the other game, Marvin Mercado recorded a double-double stat line with 28 points, 14 rebounds plus 3 assists and 1 steal to lift the NHA Builders against the Agriculture Food Masters, 74-72.

“Practice pa rin kami, tapos dasal. Ini-involve namin lahat ng players, yun ang nagpapaganda ng laro namin kaya kami nanalo,” Best Player of the Game Marvin Mercado confessed.

“Inayos namin yung mga plays namin, yung mga depensa namin. Salamat naman sa end game nanalo rin kami. Tatlong game na kami talo sa end game so hopefully gumaganda na yung laro nila sa end game, na-co-contain na namin yung aming panalo,” NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad expressed.

And in the third game, PITC Global Traders climbed to the 4th spot after serving the Malacañang-PSC Kamao its second loss, 68-58.

“Wala lang laban lang talaga, we are just working hard every practice, every game, so I hope magtuloy-tuloy,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano admitted.

Marlon Keith Martin was honored as the Best Player with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.

On next Sunday’s game (December 8), PhilHealth Plus will go against Judiciary Magis at 2 pm while NHA will take on PITC and AFP- Malacañang-PSC will be pitched as the main game of the triple-header.

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

THE SCORES

Game 1: Judiciary def. AFP, 78-72

Judiciary 78 – Tolomia 17,  Serrano 15, Salamat 10, Ybañez 8, Puno 6, Litonjua 6, Dionisio 4, Mustre 4, Marquez 3, Dela Cruz 3

AFP 72 – Cordero 32, Tan 8, Lumongsod 8, Fernandez 6, Rosopa 5, Quiambao 4, Zuñiga 2, Bautista 3, Pascual 2, Almerol 2

Quarter Scores: 23-21, 46-39, 62-51, 78-72

Team Statistics

Judiciary : 32/67 FGm/a, 0.478% FG%,  11/27 3FGm/a, 0.407% 3FG%, 3/7 FTm/a, 0.429% FT%,   25 Rebs.,  8 Asts., 10 Stls., 3 Blks., 13 TOs

AFP :  29/61 FGm/a, 0.475% FG%,  8/21 3FGm/a,  0.381%  3FG%, 6/10 FTm/a,   0.600% FT%,  29 Rebs., 11 Asts., 6 Stls.,  1 Blks., 17 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Jearomel Serrano – 15 PTS, 1 REB

Chester Tolomia –  17 PTS, 6 REB,  2 AST,  1 STL

Game 2:  NHA def. Agriculture, 74-72

NHA 74 – Mercado 28, Lustestica 12, J. Dizon 12, Prado 8, W. Tibay 7, Adolfo 3, M. Dizon 2, Crisostomo 2

Agriculture 72 –  Casaysayan 17, Silva 11, Fernandez 10, Oreta 9, Mastelero 8,  Manigo 8, Comerciase 6, Dematera 3

Quarter Scores: 16-11, 38-32,  54-51, 74-72,

Team Statistics

NHA : 26/61 FGm/a, 0.426% FG%,  10/28 3FGm/a,   0.357%  3FG%,  12/18 FTm/a,  0.667%  FT%,  43 Rebs., 12 Asts., 3 Stls.,   1 Blks., 13 TOs

Agriculture :  26/77 FGm/a, 0.338% FG%,  8/31 3FGm/a, 0.258%  3FG%, 12/19 FTm/a, 0.632% FT%, 29  Rebs.,  16 Asts., 11 Stls., 2 Blks., 7 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Marivin Mercado –   28 PTS, 14 REB, 3 AST, 1 STL

Game 3:  PITC def. Malacañang-PSC, 68-58

PITC 68 – Martin 17, Regalado 12, Gecale 9, Vasallo 8, Almarinez 7, Lopez 6, Taplah 5, Juan 4

Malacañang-PSC 58 – Punzalan 14, Dela Cuesta 8, Jimenez 8, Besa 6, N. Javier 6, Garrido 5, Ignario 4, Antonio 4, V. Javier 3

Quarter Scores:  21-13, 39-29, 51-38, 68-58

Team Statistics

PITC : 23/51 FGm/a, 0.451% FG%,   9/25 3FGm/a,   0.360% 3FG%,  13/24 FTm/a,   0.542% FT%,  29 Rebs., 8 Asts., 9 Stls., 0  Blks., 17 TOs

Malacañang-PSC :  22/59 FGm/a,  0.373% FG%, 3/21 3FGm/a,  0.143% 3FG%,  11/18 FTm/a,  0.611% FT%,   33 Rebs., 6 Asts., 8 Stls., 0 Blks., 17 TOs

BEST PLAYERS OF GAME:

Marlon Martin – 17  PTS,  3 REB,  1 STL

STANDING:

DENR  6-0

AFP 6-1

Malacañang-PSC 5-2

PITC 4-2

NHA 4-3

Agriculture 4-3

Judiciary 3-3

PhilHealth 2-4

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AFP and DENR remain unbeaten at UNTV Cup

UNTV News   •   November 25, 2019

One of DENR’s key factors to victory was their tough defense, challenging the shots of Agriculture Food Masters, forcing them to commit more turnovers.

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

THE SCORES

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

PhilHealth 91 – Aldave 34, Mazo 20, Emata 17, Hernandez 13,  Armojallas 6, Pacheco 1

Quarter Scores: 24-26, 47-47, 75-68, 98-91

TEAM STATS

Malacañang-PSC : 41/86 FGm/a, 0.477% FG%,  9/27 3FGm/a,  0.333% 3FG%, 7/13 FTm/a, 0.538% FT%,  34 Rebs., 21 Asts., 5 Stls.,  4 Blks., 11 TOs

PhilHealth :  34/53 FGm/a, 0.642% % FG%,   7/19 3FGm/a,   0.368% 3FG%, 16/25 FTm/a,  0.640% FT%,  24 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 1 Stls., 1 Blks., 3 TOs

PLAYER OF GAME:

Visnu Das Javier – 15 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST, 1 STL

GAME 2: DENR def. Agriculture, 94-85

DENR  94 – Abanes 23, Ayson 18, Rivera 16, Bangal 13, Parreño 11, Mamac 8, Atablanco 2, Calungcagin 2, Baluyot 1

Agriculture 85 – Manigo 23, Fernandez 15, Mastelero 11, Casaysayan 11, Oreta 7, Silva 6, Dematera 6, Mayran 3, Hassan 1, Comerciase 1

Quarter Scores: 14-27, 39-41, 65-58, 94-85

TEAM STATS

DENR :  36/60 FGm/a,  0.600% FG%, 10/20  3FGm/a, 0.500% 3FG%,  12/21 FTm/a,  0.571% FT%,  23 Rebs., 10 Asts., 5 Stls.,  1 Blks.,  6 TOs

Agriculture : 30/71 FGm/a, 0.423% % FG%, 11/31 3FGm/a, 0.355% 3FG%, 14/23 FTm/a,  0.609% FT%,  30 Rebs.,  6  Asts., 7 Stls., 4 Blks.,  14 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Ryan Abanes – 23 PTS,  5 REB
Desiderio Ayson – 18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST,  2 STL

GAME 3: AFP def. NHA, 86-84

AFP 86 – Lumongsod 19, Baustista 17, Pascual 15, Almerol 11, Cordero 7, Rosopa 6, Casulla 6, Tan 3, Fernandez 2

NHA 84 – Vitug 33, Dizon 14, Mercado 10, Lustestica 6, Alastoy 6, Dizon 6, W. Tibay 3, Prado 3, Sumayang 3

Quarter Scores: 12-19, 37- 37, 64-58, 86-84

Statistics

AFP :  34/59 FGm/a,  0.576% FG%, 11/18 3FGm/a, 0.611% 3FG%, 7/14 FTm/a,  0.500% FT%, 20 Rebs., 14 Asts.,  6 Stls.,  2 Blks., 6 TOs

NHA : 30/70 FGm/a, 0.429% % FG%, 5/20 3FGm/a,  0.250% 3FG%, 19/32 FTm/a, 0.594% FT%,  51 Rebs.,  9 Asts., 9 Stls., 6 Blks., 21 TOs

PLAYERS OF GAME:

Jerry Lumongsod –  19 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL

Boyet Bautista –  17 PTS, 1 REB, 5 AST,  1 STL

Judiciary advances to next round at UNTVCup

UNTV News   •   November 19, 2019

Best Player of the Game Warren Ybañez exhibited great leadership at the hardcourt by providing  12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

The two-time champion Judiciary Magis will move to UNTV Cup’s 2nd round of elimination after it defeated the season 5 champion PNP Responders in their do-or-die match last Sunday at Pasig City Spots Center, 78-72.

Former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez led the Magis with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

According to Warren, one of their secrets in winning this game is trust.

“Sinabi lang namin […] trust our team mates, magtiwala sa kakampi, dumipensa, mananalo kami sa game na ito,” BPG Warren Ybañez said.

While according to Coach Joey Yabut, their zone defense was effective that’s why their players were not exhausted.

“Ang ginawa namin conditioning noong Friday. Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila last game na natin ‘to kung di tayo mananalo, mas mahaba ang pahinga, siguro lahat ng lakas nila inilabas nila ngayon.”

For the PNP Responders, SPO3 Anton Tolentino Jr led the team with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block with the support from 2-time MVP Olan Omiping with 17 points.

As for the fate of the whole PNP Responders team next season, Coach Eric Samson said he is leaving it up to the PNP management.

“As of now, mare-reflect namin yung mga pagkakamali especially this game di ba? So sa mga sumusuporta sa PNP Responders, keep supporting us, next year, babalik yung team na ito sigurado,” the head coach of PNP Responders said.

With this win, Judiciary Magis advances to the next stage of the competition while the PNP Responders bid farewell for the meantime together with GSIS Furies for Group B.

In the other games, PITC Global Traders will also proceed to the 2nd round elimination of UNTV Cup after beating the Ombudsman Graft Busters with final score of 87-70.

With this victory, PITC will join PhilHealth, Agriculture and AFP to the next phase of the tournament while the Ombudsman Graft Busters and SSS Kabalikat will go on early vacation in preparation for the next season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. — Bernard Dadis

THE SCORES

Game 1: PITC  def. Ombudsman , 87-70

Box Scores

PITC   87 – Taplah 26, Vasallo 17, Juan 12, Regalado 11, Martin 10, Lopez 8, Gecale 3

Ombudsman 70 – Ignacio 21, Franco 17, Sanchez 8, Del Rosario 7, Palacio 5, Casidsid 4, Ojerio 4, Lasam 4

Quarter Scores: 21-23, 45-39, 69-54, 87-70

PLAYERS OF GAME:
Aloysius Taplah – 26 PTS, 3 REB

Game 2: Judiciary def. PNP, 78-72

Box Scores

Judiciary 78 – Malinao 13, Serrano 12, Ybañez 12, Tolomia 12,  Salamat 10, Dela Cruz 9, Dionisio 6, Puno 4

PNP 72 – Tolentino 21, Omiping 17, Serrano 10, Cabrera 7, Elopre 3, Misola 5, Decema 2, Abaya 2

Quarter Scores: 19-16, 39-34, 55-51, 78-72

PLAYERS OF GAME:
Warren Ybañez  – 12 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST

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