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AFP keeps early lead after routing NHA at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 08:58 PM


Best Players of the Game AFP #30 Darwin Cordero produced 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block to go with Boyet Bautista’s 17 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block in leading the Cavaliers in defeating the NHA Builders. (Jepoy Pasig / Photoville International)

The AFP Cavaliers has prolonged its winning streak to six after downing the NHA Builders during the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup seventh edition that commenced on Sunday.

The AFP Cavaliers broke down the defenses of NHA Builders, 90-81, to maintain their early lead in the tourney as they gun for this season’s title.

AFP head coach, Corporal Cornelio ‘Sonny’ Manucat attributes their latest victory to rigorous training to step up their defense and offense plays against the NHA gunners.

“Noong first half lamang sila, kinausap ko sila sabi ko mag-step up yung defense namin, saka gawin lang namin yung game plan at least nagawa namin second half at least nakabalik kami,” Coach Manucat said.

Meanwhile NHA Builders Coach Bennet Palad said, “Na-disorient yung team ko, yun lang.”

Darwin Cordero and Boyet Bautista were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 22 and 17 points, respectively.

The Department of Agriculture Food Masters, meanwhile, absorbed its second defeat after clashing with the PNP Responders in the second set, 82-79.

PNP’s Harold Sta. Cruz says the Responders scored another notch because they stayed in their game plan which involves guarding and blocking Food Masters’ key shooters.

“Talagang minarkahan namin yung mga shooters nila… kailangan naming mag adjust so sabi ko kailangan pa nating higpitan ang depensa natin,” playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

“First three quarters hindi kami naglaro, hindi kami lumaban sa depensa…hindi namin inatake yung depensa nila… naglaro lang kami fourth quarter,” DA Food Masters Coach Zaldy Realubit said.

Rookie team PITC Global Traders, on the other hand, clinched its third victory of the season after clobbering the two-time champion Judiciary Magis in the heart-thundering first game, 74-72.

Haddi Porto led the with his 22-point finish, earning the Best Player of the Game title.

“Medyo kinapos yung team namin eh , yung tira ni porto medyo napabayaan , medyo maluwag yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.

Meanwhile, Coach Victor Ycasiano chalked up their latest victory to hard work and breaks of the game.

“Definitely, hardwork lang, tsinaga lang namin ng tsinaga. Actually, It’s just breaks of the game, breaks of the game. We were lucky that our shots went in after so many tights call.” — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue.

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PITC wins at UNTV Cup 3×3 exhibition

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 14 March 2019 05:08 PM

The final 3×3 match between PITC Global Traders versus Malacañang-PSC Kamao as part of UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2. (Paul Aquino / Photoville International)

The PITC Global Traders emerged victorious from the 3×3 exhibition match that opened Game 2 of the Best of Three UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals last Monday (March 11) at Smart-Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Four UNTV Cup teams participated: PITC Global Traders, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, NHA Builders and the PNP Responders.

In the first match up, the PITC Global Traders took on PNP Responders and dominated 17-12.

Both Rod Vasallo and Haddi Porto produced 7 points and Luis Lopez dropped 12. Richard Villanueva came up with 7 points, Anton Tolentino with 4 points and Jay Mann Misola with one point. PITC shot 80 percent from the field while PNP had a poor 31percent.

In the 2nd match up, Malacañang-PSC Kamao won vs NHA Builders, 18-11. Visnu Das Javier led the Kamao with 10 points. His brother Narayan came up with 5 points while Alvin Catipon made 3 points. Both teams had a low field goal percentage: Builders had 10 percent and Kamao had 32 percent. Most of the points came from the free-throw territory (15 points).

The final 3×3 match was between the PITC vs Malacañang-PSC. Rod Vasallo had 8 points, Haddi Porto came up with 4 points, Ryan Regalado got 2 points and Luis Lopez contributed one point.

On the other hand, Visnu Das Javier put up 10 points, Jason Magadia had 2 points and Alvin Catipon had one point.

It was a close fight, but PITC prevailed 15-13, taking home P20,000 cash prize.

The 3×3 format of basketball gained worldwide exposure when it was promoted by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) but it’s roots can be traced back in the 80s.

“Dating henerasyon ang tawag diyan ay ‘Tatluhan’. Bago magkaroon ng ‘Limahan’ sa nilalaro sa semento o sa gilid-gilid, may laro ng ganyan. Kasi dati mahirap makabuo ng limahan. But in this present generation, gumawa ang FIBA ng tinatawag na 3×3 or in layman’s term ay tatluhan lang yan,” explained by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) 3×3 program head Ronnie Magsanoc.

(The past generation called ‘tatluhan (group of three). Before it became ‘limahan’ (group of five) that is played in the streets, there was ‘tatluhan’. But in this present generation, FIBA calls it 3×3 or in layman’s term it’s also ‘tatluhan’.)

“Sa 3×3, it’s a 10-minute game, 12-second shot clock. So mabilis, exciting at saka patibayan sa maikling panahon. Tapos, 4 lang ang players, 3 ang pwedeng maglaro. Yung penalty, yung mga fouls, kung paano mo ilalabas ang bola mayroon ding difference compared sa 5-on-5. Pero iyan ay clearly stated sa FIBA technical rules,” the PBA legend and UNTV Cup game analyst added.

(3×3 is a 10-minute game with a 12-second shot clock. So, it’s a fast, exciting endurance game. There are only 4 players in a 3×3 team. Only three can play on the court with one on the bench as a substitute player. The penalties, fouls and how to inbound the ball, there’s a difference from 5-on-5. But all of the changes are clearly stated on FIBA’s technical rules.)

In addition, the pointing system on 3×3 is this: every successful shot inside the arc is awarded one point, while every successful shot behind the arc is awarded two points.

To date, according to the FIBA website the basketball 3×3 is set to make quite an entrance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. — Raymond Lacsa

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UNTV Cup Season 7: Charity organizations receive over P10-M cash prizes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:50 PM

UNTV Cup Season 7 2nd Placer Senate Defenders pose for a photo together with their beneficiaries and UNTV Cup Founder Kuya Daniel Razon. (Charlie Miñon / Photoville International)

Aside from fostering camaraderie between players from different government agencies, participating teams of UNTV Cup are given the
opportunity to help people in need — that alone already makes every team a winner.

In line with the public service advocacy of UNTV Cup innovator, Daniel Razon, the charitable event allows each team to choose a charity institution that will receive corresponding cash prizes.

With the recently concluded UNTV Cup Season 7, chosen beneficiaries of respective teams once again received total cash prizes of ten million pesos tax free.

One of these charities is the Senate Defenders’ beneficiary, Pangarap Foundation Incorporated.

Pangarap Foundation provides shelter and care to street children and abused minors.

“Every year, we allocate the fund. So, yung mga previous na binibigay sa amin, dinadagdag namin sa pagkain because that is the most expensive item that we usually [provide], kasi hindi naman pwede magutom ‘yung mga bata. Pero last year, kasi marami, more than one million, ginamit namin sa pagpapa-aral sa mga anak. So, we have 43 na pinag-aaral at lahat sila ay nasa school,” Executive Director Leah Lanzuela of Pangarap Foundation, Inc. said.

(Every year, we allocate fund. So, the previous cash prizes we received, we used it to augment fund for food because that is the most expensive item. But last year, we had a lot — more than one million— which we used on the children’s education. We are currently sending 43 children to school.

The AFP Cavaliers dedicated their victory to the orphans of more than four thousand soldiers who were wounded or killed in action while on service.

It is the team’s third championship, and the cash prizes they have won from previous seasons of UNTV Cup have helped their chosen charity — the
Armed Forces of the Philippines Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) — in rebuilding the lives of the fallen soldiers’ families.

This season, the AFP Cavaliers once again bagged the grand prize for UNTV Cup Season 7, which means, their beneficiary will receive anew the coveted cash prize of four million pesos.

“Maliban sa pagpapa-aral, mayroon kaming mga allowances na binibigay ‘yung per semester and libreng miscellaneous, ‘yung mga libro, mga pangangailangang pang-araw-araw ng mga beneficiary natin,” AFP-EBSO Chief NCO MSG Manuel de Leon said.

(Aside from education, we have allowances provided per semester and free miscellaneous like books and daily needs of our beneficiaries.)

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva lauded the advocacy of UNTV Cup.

“Napakaganda, talagang modern fairy tales itong ginagawa ninyo para sa ating mga kababayan. At kami naman, very privileged kami na maging parte nito at nagiging instrument kami through the game we love,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva echoed the same sentiments, saying, “Itong ginagawa nila Kuya Daniel, ng UNTV leadership, talagang kakaiba ito eh. It’s such a great honor na to be part of really something big, something that has never been done before in the history of this country.”

Meanwhile, public service advocate, Daniel Razon, is thankful for the continued opportunity to help and do good for other people regardless of what others might say or think.

“We will always be happy doing it at nagpapasalamat tayo palagi sa Panginoon sa patuloy na pagbibigay sa atin ng pagkakataon na maipagpatuloy ito at dalangin natin na sana habang mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon ay makapagpatuloy tayo na magawa ‘yung ating natutunan na makagawa ng mabuti sa lahat ng mga tao at ‘yung ating paniniwala na ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama,” the UNTV Cup innovator said.

In the next season of UNTV Cup, more teams from other government agencies are expected to participate which will extend help to more of our fellow Filipinos in need. — Asher Cadapan

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Full List of Awards : UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 11:21 AM

Here is the list of awards given during the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals.


CHAMPION: AFP Cavaliers (P4,000,000)
BENEFICIARY: AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO)

2ND PLACE: Senate Defenders (P2,000,000)
BENEFICIARY: Kythe Foundation Inc., Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion Inc., and Bahay Pangarap Foundation Inc.

3RD PLACE: NHA Builders (P1,000,000)
BENEFICIARY: NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc.

4TH PLACE: PNP Responders (P500,000)
BENEFICIARY: PARDSS Foundation International, Inc.

5TH PLACE: Malacañang-PSC Kamao (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Philippine Children’s Medical Center and Millennium Sports Support System Association Inc.

6TH PLACE: PITC Global Traders (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Blas F. Ople Policy Center & Training Institute, Mga Munting Hiling Foundation, Inc. and Bahay Pag-asa of Biñan, Laguna

7TH PLACE: Agriculture Food Masters (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Tibao Farmer Dreamers Association

8TH PLACE: Judiciary Magis (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Court Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities

9TH PLACE: Philhealth Plus (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Philhealth Provident Fund

10TH PLACE: DOJ Justice Boosters (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Department of Justice Employees’ Association (DOJEA)

11TH PLACE: GSIS Furies (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS (KMG)

12TH PLACE: Ombudsman Graft Busters (₱100,000)
BENEFICIARY: Ombudsman Provident Fund


The UNTV Cup Season 7 First Five Awardees

Scoring Champion: Ollan Omiping (PNP)

Step Up Player of the Year: Wilfredo Casulla Jr. (AFP)

Defensive Player of the Year: Jeffry Sanders (Senate)


Point Guard: Chester Tolomia (Judiciary)
Shooting Guard: Ollan Omiping (PNP)
Small Forward: Rod William Vasallo (PITC)
Power Forward: Jeffry Sanders (Senate)
Center: Marvin Mercado (NHA)

Season Most Valuable Player: Jeffry Sanders (Senate)

Finals Most Valuable Player: Jerry Lumongsod (AFP)

BONUS: 3 x 3 Exhibition Game Winner: PITC Global Traders

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