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Malacañang Kamao vows to bounce back after 2 defeats

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2017

Malacañan Kamao vows to show good performance as they face BOC Transformers in Sunday’s match.

The Malacañan Kamao vows to bounce back this year as the second round elimination at the UNTV Cup Season 5 continues.

The Malacañan Kamao will face the powerhouse team BOC Transformers in the 3rd Game at the UNTV Cup on Sunday to be held in Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna at 5:00 p.m.

It can be recalled that the Malacañan Kamao lost two games in a row before 2016 ended, following 5 consecutive wins.

Malacañan Kamao was first defeated by defending champion AFP Cavaliers on December 4 with scores 72-67. And their next loss was in a game against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis on December 18 with scores 74-63.

“Naunang talo ,naging back-to-back pa. Masakit talaga para sa amin ‘yan. Pagta-trabahuhann talaga namin (…) Lalong-lalo na ‘yung sa BOC kasi kailangang-kailangan namin ‘yun,” said Malacañan Kamao head coach Louie Gonzales.

(We experienced one loss. Then a back-to-back loss. That was painful for us. We will really strive hard especially against the BOC because we really need to win.)

Meanwhile, the BOC Transformers aim at claiming their 8th win.

The Bureau of Customs Team is determined to maintain a clean record. For this, the team will prepare for the Malacañan Kamao intensively.

“Prepare lang kami sa Malacañan. Tingnan namin sino makakalaban namin; sino mga players nila (…) Then again, ‘yung conditioning namin at saka ‘yung strength namin tututukan namin,” BOC Transformers assistant coach Bong dela Cruz said.

(We will prepare for Malacañan. We will look at which team we will play against, their players. Again, our conditioning and our strength, we will focus on those aspects.)

The BOC now leads with a clean record of 7 wins, while Malacañang has 5 wins and 2 losses.

UNTV Cup now on its 5th season is giving away more than eight million pesos worth of total prizes to the chosen charities of all 13 participating government teams.  — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & 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


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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Senate ends PNP’s hope to defend title

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

The tough defense imposed by the Senate Defenders has limited the production of PNP Responders’ 2-time MVP Ollan Omiping (#4). (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

In the neck-and-neck Senate-PNP battle, the Senate Defenders ended the hope of the PNP Responders for another championship this season.

The PNP held the lead in the first to third quarters of the ball game.

But in the last minute of the ball game, the PNP was held at a standstill at 66, and the Defenders had the cops on the run when shots after shots were fired until the final buzzer of the game went off 74-66.

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva, with their leadership and performance, contributed hugely to the win.

“Well, syempre natutuwa kami na natalo namin ang isang napakagaling na koponan. Full credit sa PNP dahil for three quarters mukhang sila ang mananalo at hindi madali ang game na iyon,” Senator Sonny Angara said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva added: “Well iyon naman talaga ang goal since day one. And we’re just so happy we’re playing really well… and I think we finally figured out among ourselves kung ano ang character ng team, which is we’re not going to win unless we play defense.”

The PNP’s side, on the other hand, was led by Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez and Harold Sta. Cruz on Sunday.

Garri Sevilla with his 22 points, 5 rebounds, and one assist was hailed the best player of the game.

The win gave the Senate a ticket to the semifinals.

It was in Season 3 when the Senate town last held a top-four spot in the league, while in Season 5, they were not able to enter the win column.

And in the Malacañang-PSC Kamao-Judiciary Magis bout: the court hoopsters lost the chance to lift another champion trophy after the Palace ballers knocked them out of the quarter-final round, 79-84.

Despite the absence of star player Christian Luanzon, the Kamao endured the challenge posed by the two-time champion, with best players of the game Eric Dela Cuesta and Vishnu das Javier leading in the scoring department.

Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gozalez said: “Si Christian pinadala ng PSC sa Abra, may clinic. Para sa kanya rin itong game na ito. Kahit wala si Chris, ipinakita ng teammates niya talagang laban.”

The semifinal round will kick off on Sunday, February 10 at the Pasig City Sports Center where the NHA Builders, with a twice-to-beat advantage, awaits the Malacanang-PSC Kamao in the first game.

The teams to watch out for in the second game are the Senate Defenders and the AFP Cavaliers, which has the twice-to-beat advantage. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Senate defeat PNP, 74-66.

Quarter Scores: 17-19, 40-37, 55-58, 74-66

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 74
G. Sevilla 22, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 13, R. Balboa 8, M. Legaspi 5, H. Ng 5, M. Omega 3, E. Villanueva 2

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 66
A. Tolentino 14, O. Omiping 13, J. Cabahug 6, C. Elopre 6, J. Misola 6, R. Cabrera 6, J. Criste 6, R. Abaya 4, A. Yanquiling 3, H. Decena 2

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC defeat Judiciary, 79-64.

Quarter Scores: 24-17, 36-33, 53-54, 79-64

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 79
E. Dela Cuesta 15, J. Jimenez 14, V. Javier 12, N. Javier 10, J. Besa 9, I. Garrido 7, M. Ignario 7, G. Gadong 3, R. Abalos 2

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 64
J. Rabino 15, F. Salamat 14, C. Camaso 10, C. Tolomia 10, W. Ybañez 9, V. Puno 4, C. Roma 2

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