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Malacañang Kamao, PNP Responders: Final face off for charity at UNTV Cup 5 Finals rubber match

by UNTV News   |   Monday, March 20th, 2017

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UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals Game 2 last March 14, 2017 at Smart-Areneta Coliseum(Marlon Bonajos/ Photoville International)

UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals Game 2 last March 14, 2017 at Smart-Areneta Coliseum (Marlon Bonajos/ Photoville International)

PHILIPPINES — The last game of the best of three finals draws near.  Both teams will take the last stand to determine who will bring home the UNTV Cup Season 5 championship trophy and the top prize, as Season 3 runner-up PNP Responders face the Malacañang Kamao at Smart-Araneta Coliseum at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21.

The team who will emerge victorious will bring home P4,000,000 while P2,000,000 for the 2nd placer all for their chosen charity or beneficiaries.

Malacañang Kamao has chosen a group of cancer patients and Millennium Sports Support System Association Incorporated while PNP Responders pick Police Community Relations Group “Drug Rehabilitation Program” respectively.

As PNP is very eager to capture the ever elusive UNTV Cup title on their 4th try, so is Malacañang on its 2nd chance.

In Game 1, Malacañang Kamao defeated the PNP Responders with final scores 82-81, while the PNP Responders bounced back in game 2 beating the Malacañang team with final scores 67-61.

Malacañang Kamao admit they were not able to show their play in game 2 due to the tight defense showed by the PNP Responders. That is why in Game 3, the Kamao team will recuperate and show their fierceness.

Kamao’s Gonzales said, “Totoo yan, I give credit also doon sa depense ng PNP medyo na off talaga yung rhythm namin and they have a good game plan.”

(That’s true. I give credit to the PNP team’s defense. Their defense made us off rhythm, and they had a good game plan.)

With PNP’s intense defense in Game 2, the two best players of the game in game 1, Christian Luanzon, who made 29 points (in game 1) made only 15 points (in game 2), while Eric dela Cuesta, who made 23 points (in game 1) made only 1 point (in game 2).

“Siguro ang isa sa mga biggest adjustment na gagawin ko is we need to share the ball more. Siguro yung touches namin as much as possible kung sino yung mga naglalarong lima sa loob kailangan magkaroon ng touches, magkaroon ng opportunity kasi nagiging predictible kami masyado, eh. Maganda yung coverage nila kay Luanzon, maganda yung coverage nila specially kay Dela Cuesta.”

(Perhaps one of the biggest adjustments I will do is, we need to share the ball more. Perhaps the touches, as much as possible, the five players on the court must have touches and have opportunities because we have become too predictable. Their coverage on Christian Luanzon, especially on Eric Dela Cuesta, was good.)

Coach Louie Gonzales said that in game 3 they will exert all their effort to claim the championship.

“Sa tingin ko kailangan talaga, if we want to get the championship, we have to do good on both offensive and defensive, alam naman natin is a Game 3 closing out. Ang team na nanalo diyan madalas yung maglalaro as a team. It’s not kung sino yung malakas o sino mahina, pero kung sino yung magkakaisa, kung sino yung magtutulungan, kung sino yung magtatrabaho, yan madalas ang mga pinapalad”.

(I think we need to if we really want to get the championship. We have to do good on both offense and defense. We know that is a game 3 closing out. The team that wins in game 3 is usually the team that plays as a team. It’s not who’s strong or who’s weak, but who is united, helps one another and works hard for it — that’s the team that usually wins.)

Fans and audiences are going to witness an action-packed basketball game this Tuesday at Araneta as both teams are expected to play all out for this last game. This will reveal who wants it more for their chosen beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, in Game 3, the Most Valuable Player Finals will be named.

UNTV Cup Finals Game 3 entertainment will be provided by Kakai Bautista and Tawag ng Tanghalan finalists Marielle Montellano, Rachel Gabreza, Gidget Dela Llana, Karl Malone Montecido and Jex De Castro.

There will be a delayed telecast of the game at UNTV by 9PM. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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