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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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NHA, PhilHealth clash on UNTV Cup set this Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PhilHealth’s #23 Mark Eduard Pedroso trying to escape the triple-team defense in their game against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters when he contributed an impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steals to go with his fellow team leader Jonathan Aldave who put up 31 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl and 2 blk. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, September 23
 
2PM – NHA vs Philhealth
3:30PM – PITC vs PNP
5PM – GSIS vs Senate
Venue: GSIS Gymnasium
Address: GSIS Financial Center, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

 

Fresh from claiming their first victory against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, the NHA Builders are now preparing for an upcoming match against the PhilHealth Plus in the ongoing elimination rounds of UNTV Cup Season 7.

The NHA basketball team is gunning for a second win as part of its aim to finish higher than last season’s fourth rank.

NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio ‘Bennett’ Palad III said they are now ramping up practices and tactics to boost the players’ stamina and chemistry, especially since they are set to clash with a team that also boasts of swift-footed players and skillful shooters.

“Hopefully, sana mag-continue yung camaraderie and yung ano ng mga bagong players maka-adjust doon sa mga dati kong players,” the NHA Builders coach said.

(Hopefully, we can continue the camaraderie and the integration of the news players to our team.)

“Marami [pa kaming adjustments na gagawin], kasi unang una yung mga shooting nila hindi pa naglalabasan, yung mga passing nila, pati yung defense, yung defense nade-delay pa masyado. Hindi sila nag-aadjust kaagad kaya nababagsakan ng tao sa ilalim. So madami pa kami ia-adjust sa kanila so hopefully makapasok kami sa championship,” Coach Palad added.

(We still have to do a lot of adjustments. Firstly, their shooting: sure shots are not consistent yet, their passing, their defense mostly are delayed that’s why we have allowed the opponents a lot of points in the paint. So, we still have to work out a lot of things. Hopefully, we can qualify for championship title this season.)

Team PhilHealth Plus is also adjusting its players’ techniques, refusing to get intimidated by NHA’s speed and power.

“Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust… nakita namin yung plus at minus ng team namin but we really have to help each other to get rebounding, we have to take advantage of our quickness and sa aming mga shooting we need to practice more,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron III said.

(Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust…we saw the strengths and weaknesses of our team. But we really have to help each other to get rebounding. We have to take advantage of our quickness. And when it comes to our shooting, we need to practice more.)

PhilHealth has yet to record a win after suffering a defeat from their debut match with DA Food Masters last week.

The NHA and PhilHealth clash is the first of the three games slated on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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NHA shocks Judiciary at UNTV Cup 7 premiere

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

NHA Builders’ Jessie Alastoy (#16) and Marvin Mercado (#22) not willing to give Judiciary Magis’ main gunner Chester Tolomia (#29) an easy shot. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)

UNTV Cup Season 6 4th placer NHA Builders proved they are among the teams-to-beat after routing two-time champion Judiciary Magis, 73-68, in the charity tournament that is offering P4-million to the winning team’s chosen charity.

The NHA needed a decisive run mid-way through the payoff period to surprise the Judiciary in their match at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

The heroic moves of Marvin Mercado and Alvin Vitug led the Builders to beat the Magis by bucketing 22 and 18 points, respectively.

NHA Builders’ Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad said, “Noong third quarter nakita nila hindi sila pwedeng mag-kanya kanya. So they worked as a team, they worked as a family.”

“Sa darating namin na ensayo mag-ha-hard practice pa rin kami, saka yung depensa rin medyo nawala rin noong bandang huli,” Judiciary Magis coach Joey Yabut said.

The AFP cavaliers, meanwhile, drew 26 points from former Letran star Boyet Bautista and waylaid the DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.

The AFP’s win put the Cavaliers in the same level with opening-day winner and defending champion Senate Defenders.

“Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy ngayon. Nadagdagan kami ng dalawang players, isang malaki saka isang medyo maliit. Basically, medyo bumata kami ngayon siguro makakasabay kami nang maayos ngayon,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao, meanwhile, dumped the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72, despite the 25-points bucketed by the latter’s reinforcement player, Luis Palaganas Jr.

Eric dela Cuesta was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said, “Sinabi ko naman sa players ko napaka-importante ng bawat game ngayon sa atin. Sana magtuloy-tuloy, siyempre nag-reready rin kami. One game at a time lang kami.”

“Kailangan lang namin talaga i-solid yung depensa namin, saka yung mga lokal namin kailangang mag-step up… saka si Bernzon Franco hindi sya 100 percent kaya walang katulong si [ Luis ] Palaganas,” Ombudsman Graft Busters Coach Ricky Alcantara said.  —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue.

 

THE SCORES

GAME 1: AFP Cavaliers defeats DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.

Quarter Scores: 32-16, 54-34, 78-52, 109-87

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 109
B. Bautista 26, J. Lumongsod 16, W. Casulla 15, D. Cordero 14, R. Almerol 7, J. Quiambao 6, P. Fernadez 6, V. Evidor 5, A. Zuñiga 4, M. Mendoza 4, E. Rosopa 2, R. Pascual 2, R. Araneta 2
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DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 87
E. Mabazza 19, J. Lopez 18, C. De Lucas 8, J. Villegas 8, L. Lagunzad 7, D. Rayos 7, R. De Viterbo 6, M. Moises 5, A. Vitero 4, C. Borile 3, I. Cabrido 2

 

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeats Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72.

Quarter Scores: 28-15, 56-32, 80-52, 101-72

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 101
E. Dela Cuesta 14, V. Javier 14, N. Javier 11, J. Javier 11, I. Garrido 10, J. Besa 10, M. Ignario 9, J. Magadia 8, A. Catipon 5, M. Antonio 4, G. Gadong 3, R. Abalos 2

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 72
L. Palaganas 25, R. Lumague 10, B. Franco 10, E. Escudero 6, W. Romero 4, E. Elmido 3, F. Palacio 3, F. Baldonado 3, A. Sanchez 2, C. Lasam 2, M. Veloso 2, E. Ojerio 2

GAME 3: NHA Builders defeat Judiciary Magis, 73-68.

Quarter Scores: 20-22, 34-34, 50-45, 73-68

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 73
M. Mercado 22, A. Vitug 18, W. Tibay 10, A. Lustestica 8, J. Alastoy 8, A. Adolfo 3, S. Crisostomo 2, J. Dizon 2

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 68
C. Tolomia 27, W. Ybañez 15, F. Salamat 6, V. Puno 5, E. Mustre 4, R. Malinao 4, J. Rabino 4, J. Serrano 2, R. Chua 1

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Judiciary, NHA first clash at UNTV Cup Season 7 set on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court’s Court Administrator Justice Jose “Midas” Marquez (#1) in action during a UNTV Cup off-season game with the Senate Sentinels. This seventh season the two-time regular season champion the Magis will start by facing the young and dynamic NHA Builders. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, September 16
2PM: AFP Cavaliers vs DOJ Justice Boosters
3:30PM: Malacañang-PSC Kamao vs Ombudsman Graft Busters
5PM: Judiciary Magis vs NHA Builders
VENUE: Pasig City Sports Center – FREE ADMISSION

 

The Supreme Court and National Housing Authority basketball teams are set to debut for the seventh season of the League of Public Servants on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on September 16 at Pasig City Sports Center.

Judiciary Magis will be led by their executives Court Administrator Jose “Midas” Marquez, Judge Jacob Montesa II and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz with reinforcements of former professional basketball players who are also now employees in the high court: Chester Tolomia, Don Camaso and Warren Ybañez.

The two-time regular season and one-time off-season champion, Magis, has been in drought since 2015 but has already won a total of at least P4,000,000 for their chosen beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the young and dynamic NHA Builders will be led by former MVP Antonio Lustestica, John Derrick Dizon, and Marvin Mercado with a strong support form Marvin Ladia, Waldemar Tibay and Alvin Vitug.

The team, coached by former Ginebra player, Bennett Palad, has achieved a final 4 seat in Season 6, finishing as 4th placer and earning P500,000 for their chosen charity.

In the other games, the Malacanang-PSC Kamao will clash with the Ombudsman Graftbusters at 3:30 p.m.

The President’s men will be led by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica together with John Paul Yamamoto, Ian Garrido and Visnu Das Javier.

This season they will be joined by a strength and conditioning coach, a 6’5 former San Beda Red Lions cager Martin Lloyd Antonio.

The Kamao has already been to the regular season finals thrice, (Seasons 3-5-6) but to no success yet.

While the Ombudsman Graft Busters, this season, will get a boost for their campaign from Bernzon Franco, a former professional basketball player who also played for them in Season 4 and in BOC Transformers in Season 5.

The Graft Busters most successful run in the league was in the recently Off-Season games wherein they finished as 2nd placer with a prize of P500,000 for their chosen beneficiary.

Meanwhile, at the first game of the triple-header on Sunday, the former two-time regular season and one-time off-season champion AFP Cavaliers will collide with the DOJ Justice Boosters.

The Cavaliers is expected to field their new recruits on this battle: a 6 foot 6 inch center Private First Class Ezer Rosopa and a 5 foot 10 inch guard Airman Second Class Darwin Cordero.

The Justice Boosters led by an executive PCGG Commissioner Reynold Munsayac on the other hand will get some boostings from their reinforcement players: Eric Mabazza, Jose Marie Villegas, Donnie Rayos and Lyncir Paolo Lagunzad.

Another attraction to every UNTV Cup games are the public services offered on the venue organized by UNTV Action Center through the participation of various government agencies.

UNTV Cup, the brainchild of public service advocate, Dr. Daniel Razon, aims to foster camaraderie among participating government agencies through their common passion for basketball and playing for a humanitarian endeavor.

This Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m., the audience at the Pasig City Sports Center can avail the following services:

— National Housing Authority: Help and Information desk

— PAGIBIG: Info desk, application form and online verification

— PHILHEALTH: Member’s Data Record, ID releasing and information desk

UNTV Cup games can also be watched worldwide via www.untvweb.com.

 

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