Deciding UNTV Cup game set on Sunday; teams all eyes on finals
UNTV News • February 16, 2018 • 6667
“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
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors are now on the cusp of winning the UNTV Cup Season 8 title after routing the defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers, 90-73, in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series on Sunday at Paco Arena in Manila.
Warriors dominated the ball game from the first quarter and successfully thwarted attempts by the Cavaliers to block their shots in the third quarter.
In the last quarter, the seasoned Cavaliers still tried to pump in more points with top players Romeo Almerol, Darwin Cordero and Jerry Lumongsod.
But the rookie team Warriors, led by Coach Norlito Eneran, defended tightly and rotated the ball so well that it posted impressive scores from the field to finish the game in double digits.
DENR’s Ralph Lansang and Ryan Abanes were picked as best players of the game after scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Ed Rivera added 15 points to DENR’s score while Desederio Ayson Jr. provided 14 points and Melvin Bangal with 13 points.
Coach Eneran admitted the team had to work doubly hard in order to clinch the title on their first try against the veteran Cavaliers in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.
“Ang sikreto ko itong nasa likod ko, yung mga coaching staff talagang pinagtrabahuhan nila ito. Nag-isip kami, nag-analyze paano tatalunin ang Champion na AFP. Talagang hirap, sakripisyo,” Eneran said.
The team was also boosted by the support from their colleagues at the DENR, led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and other top officials.
“I’m very happy because aside from giving service to the people especially sa ating different departments, we are Department of Natural and Resources. We are providing the service to people, now we would like to entertain with this basketball, so maraming salamat kay Mr. Daniel Razon,” Cimatu said in the sidelines of the ballgame.
“Nag-paid off ang sakripisyo namin… Palagay ko, the biggest factor is ‘yung suporta ng departamento. You see all these people, kahit hindi ka panalo enough na eh. ‘Yung exposure na ibinigay ng UNTV, nakikita na we are doing something for Manila Bay yun na po yun, panalo na po yun,” Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo said.
The Warriors aim to complete a series sweep as they go against the Cavaliers for another game on Monday, March 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Game 2 will reveal whether the rookie team will take home this season’s title or the Cavaliers will be able to force a do-or-die Game 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
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
Nanay Teresita showed off her favorite dance moves on the newly renovated floor of their home in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.
It was well-polished and better compared to their old floor.
Nanay Teresita, along with nine others, lives in one of the elderly homes of the Coalition of Services of the Elderly (COSE). COSE is one of the beneficiaries of top radio station Wish FM that received P100,000 cash grant.
Because of the cash grant, COSE was able to further provide a comfortable home for these lolas.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa Dios na mayroong may mga mabuting puso na nagdo-donate dito, (I am thankful to God for the kindhearted people who donated this)” Lola Conchita Salas said.
COSE is a non-governmental organization that aims to keep older people involved in the community.—AAC (with reports from Ninya Armillo)
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