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DOJ bags first victory at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

DOJ’s #22 Lyncir Paolo Lagunzad and #17 Jose Marie Villegas applying pressure defense on GSIS’ #31 Franklin Dorato. Jose Marie Villegas (15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 blocks) and Paul Lagunzad (11 pts and 1 stl) received the Best Players of the Game honors after securing the win for the Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter in both departments, offensively and defensively. (Madz Milana / Photoville International)

 

Games on Wednesday, October 3

(Telecast on Sunday, October 7)

2PM – PhilHealth vs Ombudsman
3:30PM – Agriculture vs NHA
5PM – PNP vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

It was a slow start for the GSIS Furies as their main gunners are not on the floor, Rene Boy Banzali and James Abugan.

DOJ Justice Boosters, led by Justine Lopez, controlled the first 6 minutes of the game.

But when GSIS scored combo when Banzali and Abugan stepped in, the flow of the game changed.

From 12-5 lead of DOJ until 2:15, the lead was cut to 1, 12-11 at 1:35, after as six-point run from Banzali and Abugan.

The first quarter ended with 15-13, still in favor of DOJ.

The second quarter was a drought for both teams with a low scoring percentage. DOJ shot 5/19 (26%) while GSIS with 2/10 (20%).

Remel De Viterbo led the DOJ with 5 points in this quarter together with Christian Cruz’ 4 points.

While Banzali, Abugan and Ilano contributed 3 points each.

It’s 29-24 at the half with DOJ on the lead.

The 3rd quarter was a roller-coaster ride.

With a 9-0 run GSIS took the lead by 1 point, 33-32, after a fastbreak from playing coach Rene Boy Banzali at 6:18.

With a 14-0 run at 5:07, a connected 3-point shot by Kenneth Ilano, blew the lead to 6, 38-32.

And GSIS further piled the lead as much as 10 points but with 12-3 run, DOJ fought back ending the 3rd quarter with just a lead by the GSIS, 48-47.

In the final period, DOJ Justice Boosters emerged as the better team shooting 55% in the field compared to a poor 29% FG production of the GSIS Furies.

Paul Lagunzad and Jose Marie Villegas led the DOJ in scoring with 7 points each while Kenneth Ilano carried GSIS with 9 points.

This 7-point edge of DOJ Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter scoring 24-17 against the GSIS Furies was enough to attain victory with the final score 71-65.

Jose Marie Villegas (15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 blocks) and Paul Lagunzad (11 pts and 1 stl) received the Best Players of the Game honors after securing the win for the Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter in both departments, offensively and defensively.

DOJ gets their first win of the season while GSIS gets their 2nd loss.

In the other games, Department of Agriculture Food Masters defeated the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 85-67.

Sherwin Silva (15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block) and Henry Fernandez (23 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist) bagged the Best Player of the Game award.

While the Malacañang-PSC Kamao stunned the Judiciary Magis in a championship-caliber game, 74-70.

Eric Dela Cuesta who produced 20 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals received the best player honor. — UNTV New Media

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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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Senate, NHA remain flawless at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Garri Sevilla (#33) was hailed as the Best Player with 18 points in the game between Senate Defenders and GSIS Furies on September 23, 2018 at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and NHA Builders kept their early edge in contrasting fashions at the UNTV Cup Season 7 match held last Sunday at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City.

The Senate remains on top of the Group-A after toppling the GSIS Furies, 78-51. The game’s best player, Garri Sevilla, led the defenders to victory with his 18-point finish.

Head coach Mike Fermin said their intensified maneuvers were inspired by a near upset in the hands of swift-footed PITC Global Traders in their September 3 match.

“Collective effort lang kasi from the last game namin, lousy defense kami so parang chinallenge namin yung players to play individual players, stopper para we will not make them easy basket,” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

(It was a collective effort because in our last game, our defense was lousy, so we challenged the players individually so as not to give opponents some easy shots.)

“Importante ngayon na-realize namin is practice as a team,” GSIS Furies Coach Rene Boy said.

(What is important now is that we realize the importance of team practice.)

The NHA Builders also maintained their early Group B lead after routing the PhilHealth Plus, 103-100, to claim their second win.

Twin towers, Jessie Alastoy and Marvin Mercado, led the NHA by bucketing 13 and 19 points, respectively.

NHA head coach Bennet Palad attributes their victory to enhancing the team’s agility by observing their opponents moves.

“Malaki yung ginawa naming paghahanda.  Alam ko quick ang team na ito, maliliit. So inaral namin yung lahat, yung safety, yung quickness nila,” NHA Builders Head Coach Bennett Palad said.

(We really prepared for this game because we know that Team PhilHealth is quick. So we studied everything: safety and their agility.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, blames their second defeat to low energy and lack of able players.

“Una sa lahat marami tayong players na nasa injury kaya maraming wala. Pangalawa, naiwanan kami mababa yung energy namin noong first half but we made adjustments. Pero ang pinaka-critical dito siguro yung free-throw shootings , free-throw shootings namin masyadong mababa,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Dello Aseron II said.

(First of all, we have players who are injured. Secondly, we have low energy during the first half, but we made adjustments. But the most critical was our poor free throw shooting.)

The PNP Responders, meanwhile, snagged its first victory after clobbering PITC Global Traders in a heart-thundering game, 80–77.

PO2 Anton Tolentino’s buzzer-beater three-point shot thrown from beyond the court’s half served as the key to defeating the PITC. His 16-point finish earned him the best player of the game title.

“Well, yung depensa namin siguro lesson-learned kami against GSIS kaya naman kami nahabol kasi poor defense namin. Natuwa ako sa mga teammates ko hindi kami nag-give up, dumipensa. Sa palagay ko, yun talaga nagpanalo sa amin,” PNP Responders playing-coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(Maybe our defense during our game against GSIS was a lesson-learned. We lost then because of our poor defense. Now, in this game against PITC, I was happy with my team mates. We didn’t give up, we had good defense. I think that’s the reason why we won this time.)

“Part of the game eh, talagang breaks of the game kami natalo. I think we did better… nag-collapse noong first game pero this time naka-recover kami was down by 11 when it started. Noong first half medyo sabog kami, pero nakabalik naman yung mga boys. Along the way we will be better,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said.

(Losing is really part of the game. I think we did better… it may have collapsed during the first game [with Senate] but we recovered this time [with PNP]. We were down by 11 points when it started. We were a mess during the first half , but we were able to recover. Along the way we will be better.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue

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NHA, PhilHealth clash on UNTV Cup set this Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PhilHealth’s #23 Mark Eduard Pedroso trying to escape the triple-team defense in their game against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters when he contributed an impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steals to go with his fellow team leader Jonathan Aldave who put up 31 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl and 2 blk. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, September 23
 
2PM – NHA vs Philhealth
3:30PM – PITC vs PNP
5PM – GSIS vs Senate
Venue: GSIS Gymnasium
Address: GSIS Financial Center, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

 

Fresh from claiming their first victory against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, the NHA Builders are now preparing for an upcoming match against the PhilHealth Plus in the ongoing elimination rounds of UNTV Cup Season 7.

The NHA basketball team is gunning for a second win as part of its aim to finish higher than last season’s fourth rank.

NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio ‘Bennett’ Palad III said they are now ramping up practices and tactics to boost the players’ stamina and chemistry, especially since they are set to clash with a team that also boasts of swift-footed players and skillful shooters.

“Hopefully, sana mag-continue yung camaraderie and yung ano ng mga bagong players maka-adjust doon sa mga dati kong players,” the NHA Builders coach said.

(Hopefully, we can continue the camaraderie and the integration of the news players to our team.)

“Marami [pa kaming adjustments na gagawin], kasi unang una yung mga shooting nila hindi pa naglalabasan, yung mga passing nila, pati yung defense, yung defense nade-delay pa masyado. Hindi sila nag-aadjust kaagad kaya nababagsakan ng tao sa ilalim. So madami pa kami ia-adjust sa kanila so hopefully makapasok kami sa championship,” Coach Palad added.

(We still have to do a lot of adjustments. Firstly, their shooting: sure shots are not consistent yet, their passing, their defense mostly are delayed that’s why we have allowed the opponents a lot of points in the paint. So, we still have to work out a lot of things. Hopefully, we can qualify for championship title this season.)

Team PhilHealth Plus is also adjusting its players’ techniques, refusing to get intimidated by NHA’s speed and power.

“Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust… nakita namin yung plus at minus ng team namin but we really have to help each other to get rebounding, we have to take advantage of our quickness and sa aming mga shooting we need to practice more,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron III said.

(Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust…we saw the strengths and weaknesses of our team. But we really have to help each other to get rebounding. We have to take advantage of our quickness. And when it comes to our shooting, we need to practice more.)

PhilHealth has yet to record a win after suffering a defeat from their debut match with DA Food Masters last week.

The NHA and PhilHealth clash is the first of the three games slated on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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