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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

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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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PNP, GSIS to duel in UNTV Cup Season 7 second game on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

 

Senate Defenders’ Sen. Manny Pacquiao drives strong to the goal during their game against the PITC Global Traders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Catch the telecast on Sunday at 2 PM before the regular elimination games of the UNTV Cup Season 7.

 

Games on Sunday, September 9
2PM – Telecast of Senate Defenders vs PITC Global Traders
3:30PM – DA Food Masters vs Philhealth Plus
5:30PM – PNP Responders vs GSIS Furies
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

Its eyes on the prize for the PNP Responders this season as they vow to bounce back from the stinging loss they suffered from Season 6 champions Senate Defenders.

The PNP was unable to defend their hard-won season 5 title when Senate swooped in on them in last season’s quarterfinals.

PNP Responders Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez said the Responders are raring to quench their thirst for the championship this seventh edition, vowing to employ more aggressive tactics and higher endurance levels to reach the finals.

“Hindi naman kami tumitigil sa ensayo kasi mayroon kaming regular na liga sa loob ng PNP. So magkakalaban man sila yung physical ano nila nama maintain nila… well practiced kami ngayon,” Assistant Coach Marquez said.

The PNP junior cagers also draw inspiration from their seniors who bulldozed all their opponents on their way to UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff Finals this year.

 “Siyempre nakakahiya sa ating mga bossing kung kami ay medyo bababa…  yung aming executive, champion sila so pipilitin namin [ magaya ] yung champion nila,” Marquez added.

Aside from  improving their stamina, the PNP Responders are also relying on their new players namely PO1 Richard Villanueva from NCRPO, PO1 Rollie Errano from MPD and Cyril Santiago, who stands 6’4 and formerly played for the MMDA  Blackwolves in Season 2 and for FEU Tamaraws in early 2000.

 “They already have the system eh kasi proven na naman nag-champion na sila… filing in the gaps yung sa akin kung kailangan nila ng more on offensive rebound defensive rebound, defense …some points …yun ang ibibigay natin,” Cyril Santiago relayed.

The PNP Responders are set to duel against GSIS Thunder Furies on Sunday, 5 PM at the Pasig City Sports Center. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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