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Judiciary faces Malacañang on UNTV Cup’s main game on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, December 17th, 2016

FILE PHOTO: Former pro basketball player Chester Tolomia of Judiciary Magis going for a lay up. (Webster Moldez / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Sunday’s triple header brings two-time champion Judiciary Magis and Season 3 runner up Malacañang team back to a showdown on the UNTV Cup hardcourt as they battle for the first time this season.

The Magis, armed with four former basketball pros, are gearing up ahead of the much awaited match.

WATCH: BOC Transformers take on MMDA Blackwolves on Sunday’s 2nd Game 

Coach Joey Yabut of Judiciary Magis said, “Pag-aaralan namin mga plays nila, transition offense para ma break kaagad namin, saka yung depensa yun talaga mahalaga sa laro.”

“Kailangan talaga namin manalo sa susunod na game para makapasok kami ulit sa semis, saka number one team yun sa kabilang grupo, kung matatalo namin yun medyo lamang na kami sa panalo.”

(We will thoroughly assess their plays, transition offense, so we could break them. And defense is important in a game. We really need to win in the next game to be able to advance to the semifinals. And they are the number 1 team in the other group. If we beat them, we are at the advantage.)

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On the other hand, the Malacañang Kamao with its new roster has its mind set for a tough bout against the former champs.

Malacañang Head Coach Louie Gonzales said, “Handa naman yung team dyan. Naka-mind set kami na… ang treatment namin sa elimination, hangga’t tumatagal kailangan malaman naming yung galawa at kung ano ang kayang ibigay ng bawat isa.”

(The team is prepared. We have a mindset in treating the elimination such that as the games go on, we must be able to learn the moves and full capacity of every team member.)

Watch out for the Judiciary-Malacañang championship caliber battle on Sunday, 5:30 PM at the University of Makati Gymnasium with live telecast on UNTV and live streaming via untvweb.com.

Half time entertainment on Sunday’s triple-header will be provided by Kath Loria,  Sam Mangubat of Tawag Ng Tanghalan and Tim Pavino.

— Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

Games on Sunday 

(University of Makati Gym)

2 p.m. PNP Responders vs BFP Firefighters

3:30 p.m. BOC Transformers vs MMDA Black Wolves

5 p.m. Judiciary Magis vs Malacañang Kamao

 

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China, PHL to meet in Manila on maritime dispute in the South China Sea

by UNTV   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

FILE-PHOTO – President Rodrigo Duterte meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on May 15, 2017.

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang has confirmed Tuesday’s meeting of high-ranking Chinese and Philippine officials for the second Bilateral Consultation Mechanism (BCM) in Manila.

BCM is the platform where both countries will discuss issues on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.

The delegation will be led by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou and Philippine Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique Manalo.

“The second meeting of this Philippine – China Bilateral Consultative Mechanism on the South China Sea will be held here in Manila tomorrow Feb. 13, 2018,” said the presidential spokesperson, Secretary Harry Roque.

The official said that the bilateral meeting is the proof that the Duterte administration is doing something about the issue.

However, Malacañang clarified that the government will not file a new protest to China on its alleged almost finished militarization in the South China Sea.

Roque said that the Philippines has existing protests filed before China and these are expected to be discussed at the meeting on Tuesday.

The Philippine government has consistently filed protests and even during the term of President Duterte, we have filed protests,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

 

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Malacañang-PSC, Senate force do-or-die semifinal matches

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The tough defense employed by the Malacañang-PSC to the NHA Builders was a big factor to force a game 2 in the semifinals as the main men of the Builders were partially shut down in the final quarter. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — In the Kamao-Builders match, first-time semi-finalist NHA Builders dominated the first to third quarters and kept Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the run.

But the Season 5 runner-up team did not lose heart and battled hard stealing the lead in the first three minutes of the last quarter, 63-62.

With the red shirt’s tough offense, the NHA was locked with only four points in the fifth minute of the quarter, and Kamao’s lead rose to nine points, 64-73.

But the Builders did not allow this turn of events, with Marvin Ladia and Alvin Vitug firing successive three’s to tie the score at 76-all.

And the buzzer went off to mark an overtime.

With several key players from both sides put out of the court, NHA’s Antonio Lustestica Jr and Marvin Mercado and Kamao’s Eric Dela Cuesta the ball game got even more intense.

Palace ballers Ian Garrido and Christian Luanzon were also fouled out early in the overtime period.

But Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gonzales remained confident his team could make it through.

“Nandoon pa rin talaga ang bawat isa, sa sistema namin at ang puso nila, hindi talaga sila bumitaw hanggang sa huli,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(Everybody was still sticking on our system, their heart, they really did not give up until the end.)

Narayan Das Javier led the Kamao to the overtime with 19 points, including two from beyond the arc, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“Hindi kami naglalaro para sa pangalan namin sa likod, kundi sa charity namin, yung mga batang may cancer,” Javier said.

(We don’t just play for the name on our backs. We play for our chosen charity, the children with cancer.)

And in the Defenders-Cavaliers battle, the Senate team surprised the two-time champion AFP Cavaliers early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead, 29-15.

The Defenders maintained a double-digit lead until the final quarter of the match through a run-and-gun offense.

The Senate also hustled on their defense and prevented the soldiers’ main gunners from making shots.

Jeffrey Sanders and Garri Sevilla led the Defenders to the 74-64 win.

Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said: “Credit goes to the players. Maganda ang preparation namin going to this game. Maganda ang outcome ng attendance namin. Sina Senator Sonny and Senator Joel, and ang ibang executives namin, maganda participation sa practices. Very vocal sila. Ang ganda, ang sarap mag-ensayo kapag ganoon. Magaan ang pakiramdam ng mga bata going to this game.”

(Credit goes to the players. We had a good preparation going to this game. Our attendance had a good outcome. Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva along with other Senate officials participated well during our practices. They were very vocal. It’s nice to practice with that environment. Our players feel good going to this game.)

With the Kamao’s and Defenders’ wins, the four teams will meet again on Sunday for the deciding games on who will win the slots to the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC defeat NHA in overtime, 86-82.

Quarter Scores: 20-28, 32-45, 52-60, 76-76, 86-82

Malacañang-PSC Kamao (86) — N.Javier 19, V. Javier 18, E. Dela Questa 9, J. Jimenez 9, J. Besa 9, R. Abalos 8, I. Garrido 6, C. Luanzon 4, G. Gadong 2, M. Ignario 2

NHA Builders (82) — A. Vitug 24, W. Tibay 17, A. Lustestica 11, M. Mercado 8, J. Alastoy 8, J. Dizon 7, M. Ladia 6, A. Palad 1

GAME 2: Senate defeat AFP, 74-64.

Quarter Scores: 29-15, 51-31, 67-45, 74-64

Senate Defenders (74) — G. Sevilla 14, M. Legaspi 13, J. Sanders 11, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, H. Ng 6, M. Malaga 5, E. Villanueva 5, C. Andaya 3

AFP Cavaliers (64) — R. Almerol 15, J. Lumongsod 13, B. Bautista 12, W. Sergio 7, J. Quiambao 6, R. Araneta 6, W. Casulla 5

 

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UNTV Cup Semifinals kick off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

UNTV Cup Final 4

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup Season 6 semifinal round kicks off on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao are set to battle the top 2 seeded teams AFP Cavaliers and NHA Builders.

According to league rules, the AFP and NHA hold the twice-to-beat advantage.

This necessitates the lawmakers and the Presidents’ men to win two straights to grab the two championship tickets.

The younger team NHA Builders will battle the former two-time championship contender Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the first game (3pm) of the doubleheader while former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers will face the Senate Defenders on the main game (4:30pm).

But should the AFP and NHA emerge victorious on Sunday, the will outrightly proceed to the Best of Three Finals match, while the Senate and Malacañang-PSC will set a knockout battle for third.

The AFP Cavaliers with a mixture of old and young gunners is expected to flex their vintage champion form while the Senate Defenders will stick to their chemistry and tough defense.

On the other hand, the question of who is more hungrier will be the story of NHA-Malacañang-PSC saga as both teams had already frequented to the final 4 seats but failed to get the Cup.

This epic battles can be watched live at the venue for free as well as on the UNTV channel and website. — UNTV New Media

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