Charity basketball tournament pits gov’t officials, senators in Executive Face-Off
UNTV News • May 23, 2017 • 4743
MANILA — UNTV Cup supporters have more to cheer for as the annual charity basketball league that features public servants from the three branches of government, raises the stakes this season.
Previous seasons have seen regular government personnel turn into hard court superstars.
This time, executive officials aged forty and above will have their chance to battle it out at UNTV Cup’s off-season game Executive Face-Off.
Yesterday, the six joining teams were formally introduced.
These are PNP Responders, BOC Transformers, Senate Sentinels, AFP Cavaliers, DOJ Justice Boosters and Judiciary Magis.
National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director, PDIR Oscar D. Albayalde of PNP Responders said “This is really good. This is one way of fostering camaraderie and of course, unity and cooperation among the agencies of the government.”
Brigadier General Gener Del Rosario of AFP Cavaliers said, “The different government offices were very busy and this is the best venue for us to mingle, to bond, to see each other and to talk with each other especially the public servants.”
And as always since its first season, UNTV Cup aims to fulfill its advocacy of helping those in need.
“Well, first of all, we are thankful to God and to everyone who participated…Like before, this is the continuation of public service we are doing. Each team still has its own beneficiary who will receive its prize. So this is still for charity and this is still for public service,” Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon said. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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
Game 1: PITC def. Ombudsman , 87-70
PITC 87 – Taplah 26, Vasallo 17, Juan 12, Regalado 11, Martin 10, Lopez 8, Gecale 3
Coming from an exhausting double-overtime loss against the NHA Builders last October 13, the two-time UNTV Cup champion Judiciary Magis must double their efforts to win their remaining games to keep their campaign alive in the league of public servants.
The Magis, bearing 1-2-win loss record, will collide with the undefeated rookie team DENR Warriors in the first game of the triple header, 2 PM, on Sunday at Pasig City Sports Center.
Judiciary Magis head coach Joey Yabut said, “Nakakalaban namin doon sa liga ng COA [ang DENR], so alam naman din namin ang laro nila maliban na lang duon sa big man nila, yung [Ed] Rivera kaya siguro pag-aaralan namin. Kailangang manalo kami doon, kung matatalo kami, siguro di na kami aabot sa second round.”
DENR Warriors admit that they are just beginners, thus it will be a great task to beat the former champion.
“Basically, itutuloy lang namin yung pag-work namin as a team. Yun ang importante sa amin yung mag gel talaga ang team,”DENR Director for Legal Affairs Service Atty. Norlito Eneran said.
“Magagaling naman, naniniwala ako sa players namin. What we really wanted was really yung transition defense pagka-magawa alam namin offense will just come,” DENR USec. Ernesto Adobo Jr. expressed.
Meanwhile, the NHA Builders want to get its third win to claim their ticket to the second-round eliminations.
With 2-1-win loss record, the NHA Builders will face the win-less GSIS Furies.
PBA Legend and NHA Builders head coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad said, “Kailangan namin magkaroon ng intensity, kailangan namin mag-focus sa laro kasi kailangan namin manalo eh kasi kapag hindi sa kabilang team baka doon kami masabit.”
Meanwhile, in the main attraction of UNTV Cup Sunday games, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters will try to avenge their loss against the defending AFP Cavaliers last October 13.
The Food Masters must also win against PhilHealth Plus in order ensure advancement to the next round.
While PhilHealth Plus, having 1-2-win loss record, is situated in a must win situation as it faces possible elimination.
UNTV Cup games can be watched live at the venue for free with live telecast, webcast on UNTV Cup official website and Facebook and Youtube accounts. — Bernard Dadis
On Sunday, the early victims of AFP Cavaliers this season — Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)—seek to bounce back as both will face each other for the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup weekly triple-header.
According to PhilHealth Plus head coach Delio Aseron, beating PITC is going to be a tough task, particularly since they would be playing without their injured players, Jervi Glorioso and Mark Eduard Pedroso.
“Ang PITC is a very talented team. We really have to [do] double time. Kailangan maiayos namin yung depensa, kailangan maiayos ko rin yung rotation, and hopefully mag-click yung outside shooting namin and try to capitalize ng speed ng players natin at extra-hustle,” Coach Aseron said.
Last Sunday, the team of PhilHealth suffered defeat at the hands of multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers, with a final score 91-80.
The PITC basketball team on the other hand is coming off a three-week rest and practice since they too succumbed to AFP Cavaliers at the opening game of UNTV Cup Season 8 on September 9 at MOA Arena to the final score of 90-70.
PITC Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said earlier that they were not expecting to face the defending champion, and their other players are not in top condition.
“Yung mismong main guy namin si Porto, injured eh, so hindi na namin pinuwersa. Si Vassallo kakabalik lang galing injury. Tapos talagang off pa kami. Ilang beses pa lang kami nakakapag ensayo… we have to be given some time para maka-recover from everything, makapag-ensayo kami maayos… sigurado exciting ball game kapag kami naglaro,” Coach Vic Ycasiano said.
In other games, Judiciary-GSIS duel is set at 2 PM while NHA Builders vs Malacañang-PSC Kamao is set at 5:30 PM. — BERNARD DADIS
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