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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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Senate, NHA bag first quarterfinal wins

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Senator Joel Villanueva fires from the three-point territory during the game between the Senate Defenders and PITC Global Traders on January 13, 2019. (Paul Aquino / Photoville International)

Defending champions Senate Defenders sustained their impressive showing in the continuing elimination rounds after routing the PITC Global Traders at the start of the quarterfinals of the UNTV Cup Season 7 at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

Senate defeated PITC, 65-59, after Best Players of the Game awardees Senator Joel Villanueva and Rommel Balboa led the Defenders to victory with their combined 33 points.

“I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. Sabi nila sa akin basta good shot libre kesa mag-commit ng error. Take the shot, let it fly. So, nag-stick ako sa trust and confidence ng teammates ko. So, I made a few baskets, [and] most of all ang pinaka-importante, we were able to win the ball game,” Sen. Villanueva said.

(I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. They told me that if it’s a good shot and you’re free [ take the shot ] instead of committing error. So, I stuck to that trust and confidence of my team mates. So, I made a few baskets, and the most important all, we were able to win the ball game.)

Senator Sonny Angara was not able to join the game due to a prior engagement but he still showed up to express support for his team.

“Tuloy pa rin ang preparasyon. Wala ng mahinang team dito sa natitirang team. Lahat pwedeng mag-champion kung tutuusin kaya kita mo very close ang laro natin. So, kailangan talagang paghandaan ang lahat ng team,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

(Our preparation continues. There’s no more weak teams left. All teams here in the quarterfinals are capable of winning the championship title that’s why you saw in our game today it was very close. So we really have to prepare for our games against these remaining teams.)

Senate head coach Mike Fermin said the Defenders improved their form after rookie PITC tried to upset them in the season’s opening game last September.

“So, coming to this game, usapan namin hindi na dapat maulit, sa dulo dikit. So buti pa nga medyo nandoon naman ang composure ng mga players. Sila Senator Joel saka Senator Sonny sila talaga nga ba-bond ng team,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(So, coming to this game we agreed that it should not happen again that in the end game the battle should be toe-to-toe. Fortunately, the composure of my players was there. Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara, they really bond the team.)

PITC Head Coach Victor Ycasiano, meanwhile, expressed disappointment over the dismal performance of his team during the quarterfinal game.

“Hindi ko nakita yung players ko yung dati kung gaano sila ka aggressive. Kanina wala ako nakita sa kanila na aggressive.”

( I did not see in my players the same aggression they used to have. None of them played aggressively.)

“Yung sa akin, yun lang ang pakiramdam ko we are not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play,” Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(As for me, I just felt that were not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play.)

Also off to a winning start this round are the NHA Builders who managed to clobber the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 78-72.

Clark Torrente was hailed as Best Player of the Game for firing 14 points, four rebounds and one steal.

“Sinabi ko lang na mag-focus saka yung intensity hanggang sa dulo lagi kami nagku-collapse sa huli eh. Minsan nag-oover confidence, minsan tinatamad, nawawalan ng gana. So, ang sabi ko lang ang pinaka-importante sa lahat yung dulo, hindi yung umpisa, so i-sustain lang yung laro mula umpisa hangang dulo. We have to start strong, finish strong,” Coach Bennett Palad said.

(I told to my players to focus and their intensity should be maintained until the end because we usually collapse in the end game. Sometimes, we tend to be over confident, to be lazy and uninterested. So I said, the most important of all is the final minutes not the beginning of the game, so we must sustain our play until the end. We have to start strong, finish strong.)

“Sama rin ng laro ng ibang players ko, shooters ko di gumana. Pero proud pa rin ako sa boys ko kung ano yung pinakita nila ngayon,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(We had an off night; my gunners were not effective. But I am still proud of my boys and what they showed in today’s game.)

So far, NHA and PITC both hold five wins and five loses among the four teams battling in the quarterfinals. Senate leads the list with 7-3 win-loss record followed by Malacañang-PSC with six-four record.

The teams will play three games each in the round robin for the quarter finals.

The two teams that will place at the bottom of the standings will be eliminated while the remaining two will advance to the semis to duel with the AFP Cavaliers and PNP Responders in the best of three series. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue

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Malacañang-PSC frustrates PITC at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao flexed muscle as they overcome the power of the uprising rookie team PITC Global Traders. (Daniel Iglesias / Photoville International)

The Malacañang-PSC Kamao team is tightly clinging onto the second spot after narrowly pounding the PITC Global Traders, 69-64 at Thursday’s match.

Michael Ignario and ‘Bigman’ Martin Lloyd Antonio shared the Best Player of the Game title after firing 15 and 16 points, respectively.

The Kamao team now holds six wins and one loss under its belt while the global traders fell to the sixth rank after absorbing defeat for the fourth time.

Meanwhile,  the AFP Cavaliers are still the top team to beat as the end of the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup 7th edition draws closer.

The AFP maintained their lead after routing the DA Food Masters, 79-73, in a match held last Sunday.

Darwin Cordero was hailed as the Best Player of the Game after firing 24 points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

The Cavaliers now hold seven wins and one loss record while the Food Masters were pushed down to the bottom of the standings after absorbing six losses and winning only three of their games.

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders, on the other hand, spoiled the hopes of the NHA Builders to take home the crown this season after their explosive match last Sunday.

The NHA lost to the Senate in overtime, 98-97, with Marlon Legaspi and Harly Ng scoring the game-winning shots after firing 22 and 24 points, respectively.

Legaspi and Ng were hailed as the Best Players of the Game. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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Judiciary snaps AFP’s winning streak at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Chester Tolomia carried the Judiciary Magis team to tarnish the clean slate of AFP Cavaliers this season. (Prince Marquez / Photoville International)

Chester Tolomia and Frederick Salamat fired 5 three points each to lead the Judiciary Magis to victory against the AFP Cavaliers 95-93.

The hailed Best Player of the Game, Chester Tolomia, poured a total of 37 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal; while Frederick Salamat helped with 19 points.

This is the first time the AFP Cavaliers lost this season, nevertheless, they are still on top of the ranks with 6-1 win-loss record while the Magis is on the 8th spot on the brink of elimination having a 3-5 win-loss standing.

Meanwhile, Season 5 champion, PNP Responders, continue to climb in the ranking after defeating the NHA Builders, 102-93.

The Sniper, Ollan Omiping, fired 35 points with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals to be named as the Best Player of the Game together with Richard Villanueva who produced 14 points.

Though the NHA had the lead at the end of the 3rd period, the Builders were outscored by the policemen in the final period with 31 points compared to just 21.

Villanueva’s 2 crucial three-pointers were vital in turning the game in their favor.

Responders rose to 2nd place in ranking with 6-2 win-loss record while the Builders are on 4th place with 4-3 record.

In the 3rd game, defending champion, Senate Defenders, overpowered the DA Food Masters, 84-76.

Best Players of the Game were Garri Sevilla and Harly Ng for their combined 44 points.

This win is crucial for the Senate team to be able to continue to the next round of the league and be able to defend their championship title because they are now in the 6th place.

According to the rules of the league, the bottom 2 teams which are in the 7th and 8th place will be eliminated. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

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