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Malacañang-PSC, Senate force do-or-die semifinal matches

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 12:24 AM

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

THE SCORES

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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AFP Cavaliers advances to UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 12 February 2019 10:51 AM

AFP Cavaliers’ Darwin Cordero gets away with a lay up during the Game 2 of the Best of 3 Semifinals of UNTV Cup Season 7. (Paul Junnel Aquino / Photoville International)

For the third time, AFP Cavaliers scored another shot at bringing home the championship trophy from the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

The men in uniform blew NHA Builders’ chances of qualifying as they swept the best of three semifinals series after an overwhelming victory in Game 2, 86-78, last Sunday (February 10) at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Darwin Cordero with 30 points and Wilfred Casulla with 17 points, were hailed as the Best Players of the Game.

“Hard work, pinaghirapan talaga ng team ito. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, marami kaming preparation. We are happy nagawa namin lahat,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.

(Hard work. We really worked hard for this. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, we had a lot of preparation. We are happy that we were able to do all of it.)

AFP also revealed that they had a hard time with NHA’s transition offense, but they were able to adjust.

Although the NHA dominated the rebounding department, they were shooting bricks from the outside. Out of their 14 attempts from the three point territory, they only made 3 shots while the AFP had 12 out of 30.

The AFP’s 11 steals and NHA’s 19 turnovers were also crucial to the result of the game.

“Nawala sa composure yung mga player ko, medyo napagod eh. Inabot pa kami ng sobrang malas sa three points, di maka-shoot, naaagawan. All in all nawala yung composure namin… ang dami naming error,” NHA Coach Benett Palad said.

(We lost our composure, we got tired. We were not connecting our shots and we lost a lot of possession. All-in-all, we lost our composure and we made a lot of errors.)

Meanwhile, the defending champion Senate Defenders were able to extend the series to a do-or-die match on February 24 after defeating the PNP Responders, 74-69.

The Senate Defenders capitalized on their defense to be able to keep their chance at securing the UNTV Cup Season 6 champion title this season.

“We played interior defense. Yung mga penetration nila nachi-check namin (We were able to neutralize their penetration attempts). And then, we cannot stop Omiping. What we can do is contain him. So, I think we were able to contain him and the rest ng mga players nila (of their players). Hindi naman namin na pa-contribute (We stopped them from contributing). We got lucky in the end,” Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

Best Players of the Game Reynaldo Malaga Jr had 30 points while James Ryan Mangaran contributed 17 points.

Due to Senate’s tough defense, two-time MVP and PNP’s main gunner, Ollan “The Sniper” Omiping was only able to score 12 points.

“Yung pinaka-lapses namin ang baba ng fieldgoals namin especially, sa labas… kailangan naming i-improve namin ang shooting sa labas. And the same thing, kailangan namin i-improve ang depensa namin,” PNP’s playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(Our main lapse was our field goals, it’s so low; especially our outside shooting. The same thing with our defense, we need to improve that.)

The winner in Game 3 of PNP vs Senate series will face season 2 and 4 champions, AFP Cavaliers in the Season 7 Finals. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue

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PBA legends gear up for historic rival teams’ exhibition game on February 17

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 11 February 2019 02:59 PM

Some of the former professional basketball players of the Philippine Basketball Association
who will play for the “Return of the Rivals”, a charity event of the PBA Legends Foundation, UNTV and PBA on February 17, 2019 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

Philippine basketball fans will once again get to see their hard-court heroes who have kept Filipinos’ passion for basketball burning for decades.

Dubbed as the ‘Return of the Rivals,’ PBA Legends of the 90s will face off anew in an exhibition game slated on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The game will feature the prominent archrivals in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history: the San Miguel Beer versus Alaska Milk and the Barangay Ginebra against the Purefoods Hotdogs.

“It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players na nakakalaban namin before na hindi kami naglaro for a long time. So magsasama ulit kami and it’s really nice to be part of this project na pinangunahan ni Kuya Daniel (It is really nice to be back on the court again with the players that we have played against before. After a long time, we will be able to play with them again and it’s really nice to be a part of this project led by Kuya Daniel Razon),” former Alaska player Jojo “Jolas” “Mr. Clutch” Lastimosa said.

Former Purefoods player, Alvin “The Captain” Patrimonio echoed the excitement.

“It’s really a blessing kasi nagsama-sama ulit. Parang reunion ulit with the players, former players. Tapos ang kalaban mo ay ‘yung rival mo nung panahon. So, talagang excited and talagang nagpe-prepare lahat for this big event (It’s really a blessing because we’re together again. It’s like a reunion for us. Then, we get to play with our rival teams from before. We are really excited and we are really preparing for this big event).”

PBA legends participating in the game have been preparing for their big reunion, promising to bring fun and excitement to the viewers.

Former Alaska point guard, Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos explained the sense of fulfillment that the game brings.

“Yung fulfillment kasi ito ‘yung passion ng mga PBA Legends, ‘yung makabalik ulit, makapag-perform, makita ng fans na we can still play. Sobra, sobra kaming thankful (It is fulfilling because this is the passion of the PBA Legends: to be able to play again, to show the fans that we can still play. We are so very thankful).”

For Lastimosa, the raised stakes will reignite the competitive spirit of old rivals.

“Sa ngayon, nagsasabi sila na we’re not out there to win, pero pagdating sa court niyan, walang magpapatalo niyan especially na may matatanggap ‘yung winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually pagdating naming sa court (For now, some say we’re not out there to win. But when the game starts the competitiveness will kick in, especially since there’s a price at stake for the winning team. I think the competitive side of the players will come out eventually on the court),”

Bonel “The Gentle Giant” Balingit of Purefoods Hotdogs recalled their heydays.

“Siguro noong panahon ang basketball, halos lahat galing probinsya. Tapos hindi pa ganoon ka-high-tech din ‘yung paggamot ‘nung mga injury. ‘Pag galing sa probinsya, pinapagpag lang, okay na (Back in the day, most of the PBA players were from province. Treatment of injuries were not that advanced yet. In the province, you just pick yourself up and dust yourself off).”

But beyond the excitement and entertainment, the Return of the Rivals project serves a more noble purpose — giving assistance to former professional basketball players who are sick or have medical concerns.

The said basketball charity event is a project of the Samahan ng mga Dating Propesyonal na Basketbolista sa Pilipinas Foundation Incorporated, in cooperation with the Philippine Basketball Association or PBA and UNTV.

The idea of forming the group started in April 2015 wherein an exhibition game was staged between several PBA Legends and the UNTV Cup All Stars.

“Well, we’re so thankful kay Kuya Daniel, without him, without UNTV, this wouldn’t be possible. In fact, napakalaking utang na loob naming sa kaniya kasi siya ang nag-spearhead at nag-push sa amin to form this foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. Saludo ako kay Kuya Daniel. Maraming maraming Salamat Kuya Daniel. We owe you big time,” San Miguel Beer’s Trigger Man Allan Caidic said.

(We are so thankful to Kuya Daniel Razon. Without him, without UNTV, this charity endeavor wouldn’t be possible. In fact he spearheaded and pushed us to form the PBA Legends foundation two years ago and he even donated one million for the seed money. I salute Kuya Daniel, thank you very much. We owe you big time.)

“Sana naman ay sa mga darating na ibang legends ay sana gawin ulit ni Mr. Daniel ito mabuting project para sa kapuwa nating manlalaro rin,” Ginebra’s Joey Loyzaga said.

(I hope Mr. Daniel Razon will continue this noble project with the future PBA Legends for the benefit of our fellow basketball players in need.)

The players are inviting the public to support the Return of the Rivals exhibition game, which will also be aired in UNTV.

“Sa lahat po ng mga fanatic at naniniwala pa po na kaya pa pong maglaro ng mga players ng Return of the Rivals, suportahan ninyo pong muli kami this coming February 17 at Araneta Coliseum,” Abarrientos invited.

(To all of our fans, to those who still believe that we can still play, let’s watch the Return of the Rivals on February 17 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.) — Asher Cadapan Jr / UNTV News and Rescue

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Senate leadership supports call for Duterte to veto ‘pork insertions’

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 05:52 PM


FILE PHOTO: Senate President Vicente Sotto III

PASAY CITY, Philippines – Lawmakers are racing against time to finally pass the P3.7 trillion proposed 2019 national budget as they have until Friday (February 8) to extend session and to finalize the provisions of the bill.

House Committee on Appropriations Chair Rep. Rolando Andaya Jr. said the proposed budget may possibly reach the table of President Rodrigo Duterte for signature by next week.

The senators will hold a caucus on Wednesday night to discuss the outcome of discussions at the ongoing bicameral conference committee especially on matters involving the alleged ‘pork insertions’ in the proposed budget.

Once everything is clear, the bill will likely proceed to ratification.

For his part, Senate President Vicente Sotto III said he is likely to support the position of Senator Panfilo Lacson who is calling on President Duterte to veto the alleged ‘pork insertions’ in the bill, if necessary.

“Kung nararapat at kung talagang maliwanag na pork, bakit hindi? Dapat i-veto,” Sotto said.

Senator Sonny Angara, meanwhile, said the passage of the proposed national budget remains their top priority at this point.

Angara argued that unless the proposed budget is passed, the government will have no choice but to operate with a reenacted budget until July.

“Walang defined item for 2019. Maybe if there are savings in agencies, then they will use that, or there are funds na, unprogrammed funds, hindi natuloy ang project, doon nila kukunin ang pondo,” Angara explained.

Under a reenacted budget, all pending projects of the government for this year will definitely be affected.

Among them is the preparation for the upcoming 2019 midterm elections, specifically the lack of funds for honoraria for teachers who will serve as election officers in the polls. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Nel Maribojoc)

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