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AFP, NHA to battle for 3rd place at UNTV Cup Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Fire power vs fire power, youth vs experience and the equally desire to donate more to their chosen charities will be the narrative of the knockout battle for 3rd place between the former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers and the young and dynamic NHA Builders on Sunday, March 4 at the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. (Paul Junel Aquino / Photoville International)

 

UNTV Cup Finals Schedule

Game 1: March 4 – Pasig City Sports Center

Game 2: March 12 – Smart-Araneta Coliseum

Game 3: March 19 – Smart-Araneta Coliseum (in case needed)

 

After failing to beat their opponents (Senate and Malacañang-PSC) during the semifinals at the league of public servants, UNTV Cup, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers and the National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders will face off on Sunday, March 4 at the Pasig City Sports Center for a knock out battle for 3rd place.

Winner of the KO battle or the third placer will get to donate P1,000,000 to their chosen charity plus P200,000 for the team for a total of P1,200,000 tax free.

While the fourth placer or 3rd runner up will get to donate P500,000 to their chosen charity plus P100,000 for the team for a total of P600,000 prize money, tax free.

The former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers has again chosen as their beneficiary the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFP-EBSO) or the scholarship program for the children of men in uniform.

The NHA Builders on the other hand, nominated as their chosen charity the NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc. which aids the dependents of the bureau’s deceased employees.

Though they gave their all with their respective opponents during the semis, coaches Sonny Manucat and Benneth Palad admits clear loss.

“Tingin ko breaks of the game. Nandoon naman, bandang huli bumigay… breaks of the game,” AFP Cavaliers’ Head Coach Sonny Manucat said.

(I think it’s really the breaks of the game. We were there [winning the game] but unfortunately, we fell short in the end… breaks of the game.)

NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Bennet” Palad III disclosed, “Actually, kulang kami sa player. Wala si [Marvin] Ladia. Injury si Alvin Vitug. Ang Chris Santos ko hindi pwede maglaro. Nasira ang momentum namin.”

(Actually, we’re shorthanded on players. Marvin Ladia can’t play, Alvin Vitug is injured. Chris Santos can’t play too. We just lost our momentum.)

Along with the deciding game on the UNTV Cup Sunday games is the start of the best of three finals series between the Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao.

A classic series is expected for this season’s championship saga as both of the UNTV Cup veteran teams are equally hungry for the title and also both being defense-oriented.

The champion gets P4,000,000 for its chosen charity and P500,000 for their team, totaling P4.5 million tax free.

While the 2nd best gets P2,000,000 for its beneficiary and P300,000 for the team, totaling P2.3 million tax free.

All in all, the play for charity league of public servants, conceptualized by public service advocate, Dr. Daniel Razon, and supported by Bro. Eli Soriano of MCGI will roll out P9.6 million tax free prices while the 10 non-winners team will also receive P100,000 each for donation to their beneficiaries. — UNTV New Media

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Off-season playoffs to kick off on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

 

UNTV Cup Executive FaceOff Playoffs

PNP Responders fortify its indomitable status following a sweeping victory in the elimination rounds of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face-off.

PNP dominated the games with 7 wins and zero losses after pounding its last opponent, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 97-90.

Best players, Police Superintendents Joel de Mesa and Anthony Padua bucketed combined 40 points to protect PNP’s top spot but Malacañang-PSC’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go gave explosive 46 points.

Go says they still gave their best though it’s a non-bearing game for the already-eliminated kamao team and only eight of their members were able to play.

“Talagang hinabol namin sila hanggang sa huling minuto, lumaban kami… puso ng Pilipino talaga… laban! Pero natutuwa naman ako nanalo mga kapulisan natin,” SAP Bong Go said.

(We really went after them and fought against them even at the last minute. Fighting is in the heart of the Filipinos. But I am happy for the victory of the PNP Responders.)

The Responders now holds the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs which is set to commence on Sunday, July 15.

Set to play against the PNP is the Senate Sentinels who landed in the fourth spot after suffering defeat against the now third-placer Judiciary Magis, 69-61.

Best players, Joey Yabut and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz registered combined 44 points with 22 rebounds, clobbering Senator Sonny Angara’s efforts to lift the Sentinels by bucketing 24 points and six rebounds with one assist and steal each.

“Alam nyo naman injured yung best player namin si Senator Joel, so naramdaman namin yung pagkawala nya… yung leadership, yung scoring, yung passing, yung threat sa offense, medyo naging predictable kami sa opensa. But no excuse magaling nilaro ng Judiciary.”

(You know that our best player, Senator Joel [Villanueva] is injured so we felt his absence. The leadership, the scoring, the passing, the threat in offense. So we might have been predictable in terms of offense but no excuses, the Judiciary played well.)

Sen. Joel Villanueva said, “Wala ako magawa kundi mag-cheer lang. But I’m positive next game sana makalaro na, daming injuries eh.”

(I can’t do anything save for cheering the team on. But I’m positive that in the next game, I will be able to play. I’ve got so many injuries.)

Based on the rules, top 3 Judiciary Magis will go against second placer Ombudsman Graft Busters who also hold twice to beat advantage.

The off-season playoffs will kick off at three in the afternoon in the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV New & Rescue

 

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Ombudsman claims twice to beat advantage in UNTV Cup Offseason playoffs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Together with Graft Investigation and Prosecution Office Armando Sanchez Jr (#23), Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge Espinal (#10) was hailed as the Best Players of the Game leading the Ombudsman Graft Busters with 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 steals combined in defeating the Judiciary Magis by a point, 55-54. Ombudsman Graft Busters are now on the top 2 spot of the Executive Face Off. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

Ombudsman Graft Busters claimed twice to beat advantage in the off-season playoffs after narrowly routing Judiciary Magis, 55-54, in a cardiac game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The victory allowed the Ombudsman to keep its top two spot while Judiciary fell to the third place, sharing it with Senate Sentinels, which is currently holding 4-2 win-loss record.

Jorge Espinal and Armando Sanchez are the best players of the game, finishing combined 36 points to jack up score after key player, director Nikki Laure, was forced to step back during first quarter due to an injury.

Graft Busters Head Coach Ricky Alcantara said, “You know naman na si Director Nikki yung talagang bumubuhat sa opensa namin. So as I’ve said sa first half sabi ko wag nating sayangin ginawa ni Nikki. Let’s offer this game to him.”

(You know how Director Nikki is, he really lifts the team so as I’ve said, in the first half, I told the players let us not waste Nikki’s efforts, let’s offer this game to him.)

Meanwhile, off season reigning champion AFP Cavaliers finally claim its first win by ending GSIS Thunder Furies’ campaign in the league, 92-55.

LT COL Egverr Jonathan Abutin and LT COL Julius Cesar Paulo’s tandem lifted the AFP with 17 points, claiming best players title.

The Cavaliers has 1-5-win loss record and still has one elimination game to play.

DOJ Justice Boosters, on the other hand, crash out for the rest of the off season though they remain in high spirits.

Head Coach Noli Mejo explains they were able to defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao in their last elimination match, 85-81, before finally bidding farewell to the game.

DOJ Head Coach Noli Mejo said, “Instruction ko sa kanila is kailangan pa ring manalo dito sa last game (I told them we still need to win the last game).”

“Hindi ibig sabihin na hindi ka na mag qu-qualify hindi ka na maglalaro ng maayos, we have to give it our all,” acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said.

(Not being able to qualify for the game doesn’t mean we should slack off. We have to give it our all.)

Atty. Nonilon Tagalicud and Atty. Charlie Guhit are the best players for bucketing respective 22 and 14 points.

Kamao’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, meanwhile drizzles with 41 points, including nine from the rainbow country.

SAP Bong Go said, “Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.”

(Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES

AFP Cavaliers (92) — R. De Luna 14, L. Casio 12, R. Manuel 10, J. Jaro 4, R. Abarintos 4, J. Defeo 3, B. Comor 2, R. Manila 2, V. Rengel 2, R. Curiba 2

GSIS Thunder Furies (55) — E. Abutin 17, J. Paulo 16, N. Mendez 11, G. Del Rosario 10, L. Caranto 9, W. Gonzales 9, K. Grajo 6, O. Vesliño 6, A. Divinagracia 4, V. Bayani 2, E. Talja 2

Quarter Scores: 25-14,42-32,66-42,92-55

 

Ombudsman Graft Busters (55) — A. Sanchez 20, J. Espinal 16, A. Atienza 9, R. Casal 6, A. Almojuela 2, R. Sadsad 2

Judiciary Magis (54) — J. Yabut 13, M. Tomacruz 11, W. Ramiterre 10, J. Marquez 8, I. Ramoso 3

Quarter Scores:10-8, 32-23, 47-37, 55-54

 

DOJ Justice Boosters (85) — N. Tagalicud 22, C. Guhit 14, J. Gernale 12, J. Gaurano 10, R. Fadullon 6, C. Garvida 6, R. Munsayac 5, R. Aguto 3, D. Africa 2, R. Ricamora 2, L. Taliping 2, R.Antero 1

Malacañang-PSC Kamao (81) — C. Go 41, M. Buena 20, I. Papera 6, N. Herico 4, G. Beljica 4, R. Sergio 4, S. Malbog 2

Quarter Scores: 20-14, 38-34,62-60, 85-81

 

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Ombudsman, Judiciary battle for top 2 spot in off-season playoffs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2018

(Left-Right) Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez of Judiciary Magis and Director Nikki Laure of Ombudsman Graft Busters (Photoville International)

Games on Sunday, July 1
2pm  —  GSIS vs AFP
3:30pm  —  Ombudsman vs Judiciary
5pm  —  DOJ vs Malacañang
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

Judiciary Magis and Ombudsman Graft Busters are both gunning to maintain their top 2 spot to advance to the off-season playoffs.

But only one of them gets to keep the post to gain the twice to beat advantage in the playoffs, forcing the two teams to outdo each other in this Sunday’s second game at 3:30pm.

Ombudsman plans to use its run and gun game tactic against Judiciary which, in turn, will depend on its big men to outmaneuver the Graft Busters.

“Gagawin namin defense all the way. Medyo mabibilis yung mga guard nila doon kaya kailangan namin ma-stop mga yun… medyo may height advantage kami sa kanila. Nadiyan sila Atty. Jo, Dindo Sevilla, Joey Yabut, [Judge Manuel Gerard] Tomacruz and Judge Ian Ramoso,” Coach Warren Ybañez said.

(We will execute defense all the way, their guards are very fast so we need to stop them. We have the height advantage like Atty. Jo, Dindo Sevilla, Joey Yabut, , [Judge Manuel Gerard] Tomacruz and Judge Ian Ramoso.)

Meanwhile, GSIS Thunder Furies and AFP Cavaliers are set to clash in the first game at 2pm while the main game at 5pm will feature the Malacañang-PSC Kamao and the DOJ Justice Boosters.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go vows to go all out to clinch their third straight victory.

“We will give out best shot on our last two games para sa team… sana maging maganda pa ang aming teamwork at sana patuloy ang swerte at tsamba ko,” SAP Bong Go said.

(We will give our best shot on our last two games for the team. I hope we will have better teamwork and to continue my lucky strikes and our winning streak.) — BERNARD DADIS |UNTV News & Rescue

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