Deciding UNTV Cup game set on Sunday; teams all eyes on finals
by UNTV News | Posted on Friday, February 16th, 2018
“Go win or go home”, the theme of UNTV Cup Semifinals’ last game on February 18, 2018. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)
Expect this Sunday to be one of best games of the season as the last four teams of UNTV Cup Season 6 this Sunday, February 18 at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City, try to secure tickets to the much-anticipated finals of the only charity basketball league in the country.
Two-time champions Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers will battle it out with the much-improved Senate Defenders at 3 PM while last year’s runner-up, Malacañang-PSC Kamao will try to seal a finals berth as they face the National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders at 5 PM.
The losers of these battles will settle for the knockout battle for third place on March 4, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center.
All teams are equally hungry for the prestige of winning the Cup and the P4-M top prize and P2-M 1st runner-up.
In the first game, the AFP Cavaliers will rely on their veteran and winning experiences in the league with the help of their rookie players, Lumongsod and Almerol. The Senate Defenders, on the other hand, led by the playmakers/lawmakers senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva, will capitalize on their unselfish plays and a rigorous defense.
In the second game, the NHA Builders will count on their deep pool of young and talented rosters while Malacañang-PSC Kamao will hold on to their eager desire to help their chosen charity, the children with cancer.
The Kamao and the Defenders have the momentum, but Cavaliers and the Builders have the desire to bounce back.
All participating teams have their own partner charitable institutions with the champion winning P4-M while the second placer with P2-M.
BMPI-UNTV CEO and Public Service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon, the originator of the play for charity league UNTV Cup, launched the League of Public Servants in 2013 and has been giving millions in pesos every year for beneficiaries of respective winning teams each season with the league’s primary sponsor Bro. Eliseo Soriano of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).
These games will be shown live on UNTV News and Rescue local channel 37 and via web streaming at www.untvweb.com. — UNTV New Media
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
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
FILE PHOTO: Brigadier General Gener Del Rosario (#16) prepares to breach the defense Atty. Homer Alinsug during the game between the Senate Sentinels and AFP Cavaliers on May 27, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the#UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff.
Games on Sunday, June 17
2pm: GSIS vs Ombudsman 3:30pm: DOJ vs AFP 5pm: Senate vs PNP
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center
It’s a do or die game for the off season defending champion AFP Cavaliers against the DOJ Justice Boosters on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The AFP needs to fight harder to secure a spot in the eliminations and advance to the playoffs to defend their title.
The Cavaliers are yet to enter the win column after absorbing successive defeats in their last three games.
The Ombudsman Graft Busters, meanwhile, remains in high spirits after tallying their third win.
But they seek to protect their fourth spot to press on to the playoffs by routing GSIS Thunder Furies on Sunday’s first game at 2 p.m.
Ombudsman head coach Ricky Alcantara said they already ramped up their practices by joining exhibition games in some high school basketball team.
“There’s a saying na palaging may una, baka sa amin pa makuha yung unang panalo kaya paghahandaan namin nang husto,” Coach Alcantara said.
(There’s a saying: there’s always a first time. The GSIS might get their first win through us, [we don’t want that to happen] that’s why we are preparing hard for this battle.)
Senate Sentinels, on the other hand, promise to bounce back from their stinging defeat against Ombudsman last week.
The Senate cagers are looking to end PNP Responders’ winning streak in the main game on Sunday at five pm.
“Against PNP, kailangan namin kung ano yung nagpanalo sa amin doon sa tatlo, triplehin naming yung ginawa namin para manalo kami,” Coach Mike Fermin said.
(In this battle with PNP, we need to triple our efforts to win against them.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
Sen. Sonny Angara (#2) blocks Col. William Gonzales (#89) in mid-air during the game between the Senate Sentinels and AFP Cavaliers on May 27, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)
Reigning champion AFP Cavaliers suffer another stinging defeat after Senate Sentinels blocked them as they tried to muscle their way to the win column.
During Sunday’s main game at the Pasig City Sports Center, Senate senior cagers employed every move in their book to stop the Cavaliers from claiming their first victory, 79-77.
Though Cavaliers tried to claim the lead during last quarter’s remaining 45.9 seconds, the Sentinels pounded on and rolled out a 5 to zero run, stopping AFP’s score at 77.
The buzzer sounded with Sentinels claiming third straight win and Cavaliers still with zero victory.
Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin said, “Yung mga ganitong games kailangan namin to toughen more di ba? So yung ganitong panalo na grinding kami all throughout the game, yun ang kailangan namin talaga.”
(It’s games like these that we need to toughen up more right? So victories like these where we were grinding all throughout the game, that’s what we really need.)
The game hails as best players, Warren Tan, who scored 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals; and Ryan Neil Endaya who finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.
PNP Responders and Judiciary Magis also rendered a heart pounding second game with Judiciary claiming early lead.
But the Responders crumbled Magis’ defenses during second half by executing fast break attack, crushing the latter, 81-75.
PNP Head Coach Alfred Suarez expressed, “Salamat sa lahat ng players, nakikinig sila sa idini-design namin, talagang nagsipag sila, they play with their heart, talagang puso pinairal nila kahit medyo pagod na pinipilit pa rin nila.”
(Thank you to our players who listened to the plays we designed. They are really hard working and they play with their heart. Even when they are tired, they still pull through.)
Meanwhile, Judiciary Magis Head Coach Warren Ybañez explained, “Resistensya siguro kinapos ng players ko. Pagdating ng huli tinakbuhan na kami ng fast break eh.
(My players fell short in their resistance, I think. In the end, the opponents got away with their fast-breaks.)
PSupt Joshua Alejandro was hailed as the best player of the game with 26-point finish, 3 rebounds and one steal and block each.
DOJ Justice Boosters, meanwhile, tallied its first win after routing GSIS Thunder Furies, 75-43.
Assistant State Prosecutor Charlie Guhit claims best player title by contributing 11 points and 2 rebounds.
Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon stated, “Nakita namin ang mali namin the last time, kinapos ng hangin. So, kailangan talaga ensayo, you have to get the energy to finish, to have it until the end game.”
(We saw our mistakes, last time, we fell short in the endurance level so we really need to practice more. You have to get the energy to finish, to have it until the end game.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue
DOJ Justice Boosters (75) – C. Guhit 11, R. Aguto 10, R. Fadullon 9, J. Gernale 8, D. Africa 8, R. Munsayac 6, R. Tomas 6, J. Gaurano 6, R. Ricamora 4, L. Taliping 3, A. Suarez 2, C. Garvida 2
DOJ Justice Boosters (43) – R. De Luna 13, L. Casio 9, R. Curiba 9, R. Defeo 3, J. Andres 3, R. Manuel 2, P. Flores 2, R. Abarintos 2
Quarter Scores: 25-6, 39-19, 52-30, 75-43
PNP Responders (81) – J. Alejandro 26, J. De Mesa 13, P. Limbauan 12, V. Rivera 7, I. Dalogdog 5, R. Cejas 4, R. Dimaya 4, E. Gonzales 3, P. Philipps 3, I. Dickson 2, R. Sumalde 2
Judiciary Magis (75) – J. Yabut 25, J. Marquez 18, W. Ramiterre 13, R. Paras 10, M. Tomacruz 5, I. Ramoso 4
Quarter Scores: 20-24, 39-45, 65-62, 81-75
Senate Sentinels (79) – W. Tan 23, R. Endaya 20, E. Villanueva 17, J. Angara 10, S. Dela Cruz 5, H. Alinsug 3, U. Garces 1
AFP Cavaliers (77) – W. Gonzales 17, G. Del Rosario 14, N. Mendez 13, E. Abutin 10, J. Paulo 8, K. Grajo 4, A. Divinagracia 4, L. Caranto 3, O. Vesliño 2, E. Talja 2
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