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.