Malacañang Patriots, nakuha ang outright semis berth

UNTV News   •   March 2, 2015   •   3035

Ang tinanghal na Best Player of the Game na si Department of Tourism Staff Samuel Ignacio (#10) na kumamada ng 18 points at humatak ng 7 rebounds para sa Malacanañg Patriots. (Marvin Pongos / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines – Nakuha ng Malacañang Patriots ang isa sa outright berth sa final four matapos talunin ang Judiciary Magis sa mahigpit na sagupaan, 69-65, sa Ynares Sports Arena sa Pasig nitong Linggo.

Ito ang ika-pitong panalo ng Patriots sa kanilang walong laban para sa twice to beat advantage sa semifinal round, samantalang naantala ang Magis na makakuha ng slot sa semis na bitbit ngayon ang record na 7 wins 2 losses.

Sumandal ang Malacañang sa 3-points ni Melvin Verches at split free throw ni Andrew Requez sa dying seconds ng laro upang makamit ang mahalagang panalo.

Best player of the game si Dot Staff Samuel Ignacio na kumamada ng 18 pts. at humatak ng 7 rebs.

“Like our previous games ayaw nila magpatalo gumagawa ng paraan manalo sinusunod nila ang sistema lahat kami on the same page kaya maganda resulta ng mga laro,” pahayag ni Malacañang Patriots Head Coach Jenkins Mesina.

Samantala, nabigo ang PNP Responders sa hangad nitong ika-anim na panalo sa pitong laro nang yumukod sa Senate Defenders 77-83.

Dahil sa pagwawagi, lumakas ang tsansa ng Defenders na makarating ng semifinals na may anim na panalo sa walong laban.

Ang Responders bagama’t tinalo ng Defenders ay in-contention pa sa hinahangad na final four appearance.

Umiskor si consultant Emmanuel Baltazar ng 29 points, walo dito ay ibinuslo niya sa fourth quarter kabilang na ang crucial free throw, samantalang si Marlon Legaspi ay pumuntos ng game high na 36 points.

“Hindi kami nag-give up kahit lamang sila ginawa lang namin ang nararapat para manalo kami,” ani Baltazar.

Si PO1 Dennis Escalon naman ang top scorer sa PNP na umiskor ng 19 points. (JP Ramirez / UNTV News)

Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

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As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.

According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.

“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC

Celebrity team wins vs PBA legends in Wish Olympics basketball exhibition game

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 24, 2020

PBA Legend Johnny Abarrientos displays his vintage moves during the first Wish Olympics against the selection of movie and television celebrities. Also in the picture are Axel Torres, Gerrard Acao, Rayver Cruz and Young JV.

With only a point advantage, the Celebrity team secured a win against the PBA Legends in the first Wish Olympics at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday (February 23).

It rained three-point shots, courtesy of Axel Torres, during the last quarter which led the Celebrity team in a double-digit advantage.

The PBA Legends hustled to catch up until Cris Calaguio secured a three-point shot with only 8.5 seconds remaining, tallying the score to 102-101. However, the team fell short and the Celebrity team took the win.

Young JV of Team Celebrity takes off for a layup in front of PNP Responders’ Mariano Flormata Jr.

Celebrity team’s Rayver Cruz scored 23 points while Axel Torres and Young JV both scored 17 points.

Allan Caidic led the PBA Legends team with 25 points. Julius Casaysayan and Chris Calaguio secured 12 points. Jayjay Helterbrand, meanwhile, scored 11 points.

All players from both teams were grateful to be part of the first Wish Olympics.

“Nakakatuwa lang kasi different kind of way naman para makatulong. Mage-enjoy lahat ng tao, lahat ng manonood at the same time makakatulong pa ang galing (It is really fun because this is a different way to help. Everyone, all the viewers will enjoy and at the same time, there is charity. It is nice).”—Rayver Cruz

“So, for us sa mga players, mga athletes, mga actors we’re so blessed na nabigyan kami ulit ng opportunity na makatulong (we were given the opportunity to help).”—Johnny ‘The Flying A’ Abarrientos

“I just wanna give shout out to Wish Olympics and UNTV for organizing such a great cause. Alam naman natin na ang nangyari sa Taal (We know what happened in Taal) is very serious and to do something like this to benefit the people affected is such a great cause.”—Jayjay Helterbrand

The Wish Olympics was organized by Wish 107.5, to raise funds for affected families of the Taal Volcano eruption.

It featured volleyball and basketball exhibition games participated by OPM acts, local celebrities, and sports figures including notable PBA legends and UNTV Cup players. —AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)

#RIPMamba: Celebrities, fans pay tribute to Kobe

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 27, 2020

Celebrities and fans of Kobe Bryant took to the internet to express their shock and grief at the sudden loss of the 41-year-old Lakers legend and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna who died in a helicopter accident on Sunday (January 26).

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My heart hurts writing this…Still remember watching your early morning workout in LA in 96′ just before your 1st Laker press conference. Was fortunate enough down the road to compete on the same court as you in Manila 11′. And even later sharing conversations with you during your Nike trips here, the last being you meeting my son and us laughing about being parents now….Always had the utmost respect for your work ethic, incredible will, and just relentless pursuit to be a CHAMPION. It served as daily inspiration for me throughout my career, and even now making the transition into coaching. My deepest prayers condolences go out to your family and loved ones. You left an indelible mark on my life, and millions of others…You will be missed…🙏💔🐍 #RIPKobe #RIPGigi #Legend #Icon #Mamba#GoneTooSon #HugYourLovedOnes

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