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BFP stuns AFP in UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

AFP Cavaliers’ #41 Romeo Almerol Jr. in rebounding duel with BFP Firefighters’ #5 Rob Wainwright. (Jaybe De Leon / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The Fire Fighters have stained the Cavaliers’ record to give the soldiers’ their first defeat of the season.

This, after the firemen dominated all four quarters in Sunday’s third game that ended with 104-97 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

BFP playing coach Gilbert Malabanan believes that the team’s extra effort in practices and in the game bore fruit.

“Actually, pinaghandaan namin iyan. Sinabi ko iyan sa mga players ko, hindi namin kakayanin iyan kapag magpa-practice lang kami. Kailangan namin mag-extra effort talaga. Nakita naman namin ang conditioning na ginawa namin sa kalaban, so nagbunga talaga ang hirap namin,” Firefighters head coach Malabanan said.

(Actually, we have prepared for it. I have told my players we won’t be able to handle it by practice alone.We really need to exert extra effort. Anyway, we have seen the conditioning that we made on the other team, our efforts paid off.)

Meanwhile, AFP Assistant Coach Ronald Cahanding admits lack of defense was a culprit of their loss.

“Kung makikita natin yung game, natapos yung game high score eh. So ang nangyari talaga sa amin, ang sama ng defense namin. Nakita nyo naman ang taas ng score nila… ang dami namin ibinigay na fast break.”

(If we look back at the game, it ended with a high score. So what really happened to us was, our defense was so bad. You have seen how high the other team’s score was…we gave them a lot of fast breaks.)

The AFP now has a 3-1 standing, while the BFP has a 1-3 win-loss record.

Meanwhile, in the PDEA-DOJ action, the Drug Busters stunned the Justice Boosters 105-86 to mark its first win.

PDEA was able to limit DOJ’s outside shooting and intensified its defense in the paint area.

“Yung mga shooter lang habulin nila. Di bale na maliit sila basta may challenge. Tapos ang mga big man pigilan nila sa ilalim,” Drug Busters Coach Felix Armando said.

(They should only go after the shooters. It doesn’t matter if they are small, as long as they are challenging. Then, they should block the bigger men in the paint.)

While DOJ Head Coach John Agbayani Jr. said, “Ganoon talaga, mayroong nanalo may natatalo. Nagkaroon ng break ang PDEA during the second half, so we need to accept that.”

(It’s really like that. There’s a winner, there’s a loser. PDEA had a break on the second half, so we need to accept that.)

Robert Sanz and Brillos Rizon made combined 56 points and were hailed as the best players of the game.

And in the GSIS – DOH duel, the Furies claims its second win after toppling the Health Achievers, 83-73.

Forward James Patrick Abugan led the furies with 22 points and six rebounds thus hailed as the best player of the game.

GSIS now has a 2-2 win-loss record, while DOH has 1-3. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue


The Scores

GAME 1: GSIS Furies defeat DOH Health Achievers, 83-73.

Quarter Scores: 18-18, 36-33, 60-58, 83-73

GSIS Furies 

Box Scores: 83

J. Abugan 22, D. Bunyi 15, R. Banzali 11, M. Nuyana 11, A. Cuevas 10, T. Hernandez 7, A. Sunga 7, 

DOH Health Achievers

Box Scores: 73

S. Mopera 26, R. Dabu 13, L. Nidoy 13, M. Kalaw 9, R. Pingol 4, J. Guevarra 3, A. Saculinggan 3, R. Herrera 2 


GAME 2: PDEA Drug Busters defeat DOJ Justice Boosters, 105-86

Quarter Scores: 19-23, 43-45, 69-67, 105-86

PDEA Drug Busters 

Box Scores: 105

R. Sanz 33, B. Rizon 23, M. Basco 23, J. Montallana 19, D. Dejarme 4, J. Perante 3

DOJ Justice Boosters

Box Scores: 86

E. Mabazza 28, C. Borile 16, J. Lopez 12, P. Reguera 11, J. Polican 7, P. Butel 7, C. Cruz 2, M. San Juan 2, A. Vitero 1


GAME 3: BFP Firefighters defeat AFP Cavaliers, 104-97

Quarter Scores: 26-15, 58-33, 68-51, 104-97

BFP Firefighters

Box Scores: 104

R. Wainwright 19, G. Malabanan 19, J. Jayona 18, R. Sibal 15, R. Molina 11, J. Egea 8, K. Amores 6, A. Cabais 5, R. Namia 3

AFP Cavaliers

Box Scores: 97

J. Lumongsod 21, R. Almerol 19, B. Bautista 16, R. Pascual 15, J. Quiambao 9, W. Casulla 6, R. Araneta 6, A. Zuñiga 3, W. Sergio 2

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Malacañang-PSC robs GSIS of chance for a better bid at UNTV Cup Quarterfinals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 15th, 2018


Best Player of the Game Christian Luanzon #24 of Malacañang – PSC Kamao tries to create space in driving to the hoops during the game against the GSIS Furies. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — In the first game, Malacañang-PSC Kamao beat the GSIS Furies 75-73 on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

With this victory, the Palace’s hoopsters now hold a 6-2 win-loss standing alongside the Senate Defenders and the Judiciary Magis.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao Assitant Coach Raffy Gutierrez said, “Kailangan talaga naming manalo kasi ito ang magde-determine sa amin baka magiging pang ilan kami. Baka matalo kami, malaglag kami nang malaglag. So talagang pinilit naming manalo ngayon.”

(We really needed to win because this will determine our ranking. If we lose, we might fall further, that’s why we really did everything to win today.)

Meanwhile, with the loss, the Furies, now at 5-4 win-loss standing, enters a must-win situation against the NHA Builders in their next match in order to advance to the quarter-final round.

“Noong first half namin, we were producing a lot of unwanted offense, kaya ang offense nila ang dali, mabilis sila maka-transition. Noong third and fourth quarter naka-pick up ng konti pero hindi pa rin consistent,” GSIS Head Coach Myk Saguiguit said.

(In the first half, we were producing a lot of unwanted offenses, that’s why their offenses were quick, the transitioned easily. In the third and fourth quarters, we were able to slightly pick up but still inconsistent.)

In the second game, the Senate Defenders defeated the PDEA Drug Busters, 96-73.

Senator Joel Villanueva who led the Defenders was hailed best player of the game with 22 points, 1 assist and 2 steals.

“Bounce back lang kasi very disappointing, heart breaking lahat na sabihin mo ang pagkatalo namin sa NHA. So sabi nga ni Senator Sonny at ni Senator Joel how we bounce back coming from that loss. So eto ipinakita naman,” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

(We’re just bouncing back. Our defeat against NHA was disappointing and heartbreaking. As Senator Sonny and Senator Joel have said, it’s how we bounce back coming off that loss. So, we have shown that.)

And in the main game, two-time champion AFP Cavaliers eases to the semifinals with a twice-to-beat advantage after demolishing the NHA Builders in neck-and-neck main game, 96–89.

“Sabi ko nga sa kanila importate yung game (I said to them, the game is important).  Sabi ko (I said) we just have to do what we have been doing for the past games,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat admitted.

Meanwhile, Builders Coach Bennett Palad admits encountering problems in team performance.

“I’m trying to solve yung (their) individual skills nila para maging (so that it will become a) team effort. Medyo, nagka-kanya kanya na naman, eh (it seems everyone’s doing their own thing again),” NHA Builders head coach said.

With the win, the AFP is on the top of the team standings with eight games won and one game lost. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


Malacañang-PSC denies GSIS a better bid for UNTV Cup Quarterfinals

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Crucial games on UNTV Cup Sunday, GSIS must win vs Malacañang-PSC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

GSIS Furies’ #14 James Patrick Abugan and #7 Rene Boy Banzali are expected to carry the team again in bouncing back from the loss against the Judiciary Magis. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)


Games on Sunday, January 14

Game 1: 2pm – GSIS vs Malacañang-PSC
Game 2: 3:30pm – Senate vs PDEA
Game 3: 5:00pm – NHA vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


Despite a loss from two-time champion Judiciary Magis last Sunday, January 7th, the GSIS Furies is confident ahead of a collision with Season 5 runner-up team Malacañang-PSC Kamao at 2:00 PM on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Coach Mike Saguigit said, “Even natalo kami rito (Judiciary Magis) yung moods sa dug out, maganda pa rin. They are still hoping, tatrabahuhin daw nila.”

(Even though we lost against the Judiciary Magis, the mood in the dugout was still good. They are still hoping, they will work even harder.)

The Furies now have a 5-3 win-loss standing, while the Kamao has 5 games won and 2 games lost.

For the Furies winning the match against the Palace’s hoopers is a must to be able to ease to the quarter-final round.

“Magde-determine yun sa Final 4 eh…. yung top four. Kumbaga, if we’re gonna win on that game, yung aming status sa top four medyo magiging solid,” Saguisit added.

(In the coming games, it will be the Final 4-defining games.  If we win against the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, we will have a solid standing in the bid to be included in the last 4 teams vying for the championship.)

Coach Myk Saguitguit’s side also awaits a hardcourt battle against the NHA Builders on January 21.

Of the eight remaining teams in the second round elimination, the seventh and eighth placers will exit the league this season.

Numbers one and two teams will automatically advance to the semifinal round both holding a twice-to-beat advantage, while numbers three to six will battle in the quarter-finals, with the third and fourth placers both possessing a twice-to-beat advantage. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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NHA upsets Senate at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The hailed Best Player of the Game Alvin Vitug led the NHA Builders with 35 points in defeating the Senate Defenders in overtime. (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup fans witnessed a thrilling overtime game as the NHA Builders demolished the Senate Defenders.

The Sanders-Legaspi led defenders dominated the first to third quarters of the ball game.

However, the Builders stepped up in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter with Alvin Vitug, Marvin Mercado and Antonio Lustestica showing what they’ve got.

NHA Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad III said, “Actually, hindi bumigay yung mga players ko. Yung puso nila, nanduon na kahit na anong mangyari, kailangan nilang maglaro at kailangan nilang lumaban (Actually, my players did not give up. Their heart was in the game and that no matter what happened they had to play, they had to fight).”

NHA’s Alvin Vitug was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 35 points.

Meanwhile, UNTV Cup two-time champion Judiciary Magis squelched the GSIS Furies’ winning streak during Sunday’s double-header at the Olivarez gymnasium in Parañaque City.

Joey Yabut said, defense was a key to the Magis’ 90–81 victory.

“Ang depensa namin, sa zona. At least, gumanda ang depensa… eh, nagka-problema kami yung wingman namin foul trouble kaagad kaya yung mga number two namin naging ano na … sa ilalim na laro. Buti naman gumanda yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Assistant Coach Joey Yabut said.

(We employed zone defense. At least our defense worked. Our wingman went in foul trouble early in the game so our number 2 player took over the role inside the paint. Good thing that our defense became better.)

The Furies’ performance, on the other hand, was below par.

GSIS Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Parang extended vacation pa rin yung game nila kanina… lagi kaming may lapses sa depensa, parang ang bagal ng reactions namin. Everytime nagsu-swing yung bola — sa wing meron kami rules eh — kaso ang bagal ng recovery kaya lagi sila nakaka-shoot sa labas.”

(It seems like our players were still in vacation mode. We had lapses in our defense, our reactions were slow. Everytime the ball swung…on the wings we have rules, but the recovery was too slow that is why the Judiciary Magis were able to shoot outside.)

Don “The Hammer” Camaso was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 19 points.

Only three weeks are left in the second-round elimination for the eight remaining teams to battle for the top six spots.

The top two teams will automatically ease to the semi-final round, while the quarter-finals will see the sixth to eighth placers.

The bottom two will exit the league this season. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Judiciary defeat GSIS, 90-81.

Quarter Scores: 21-20, 43-40, 66-65, 90-81

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 90
C. Tolomia 28, C. Camaso 19, J. Rabino 14, F. Salamat 10, W. Ybañez 8, H. Bergonio 6, V. Puno 5

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 81
J. Abugan 30, R. Banzali 26, A Cuevas 11, S. Tamayo 4, A. Sunga 4, T. Hernandez 3, D. Bunyi 3


GAME 2: NHA defeat Senate in overtime, 104-100.

Quarter Scores: 13-34, 39-50, 69-79, 97-97, 104-100

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 104
A. Vitug 35, A. Lustestica 19, J. Dizon 17, C. Santos 9, M. Mercado 8, S. Crisostomo 6, J. Alostoy 4, R. Tibay 4, W. Tibay 2

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 100
G. Sevilla 28, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 15, S. Marata 11, M. Legaspi 10, R. Balboa 9, R. Malaga 8, M. Omega 3


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