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NHA upsets Senate at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:05 PM

The hailed Best Player of the Game Alvin Vitug led the NHA Builders with 35 points in defeating the Senate Defenders in overtime. (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup fans witnessed a thrilling overtime game as the NHA Builders demolished the Senate Defenders.

The Sanders-Legaspi led defenders dominated the first to third quarters of the ball game.

However, the Builders stepped up in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter with Alvin Vitug, Marvin Mercado and Antonio Lustestica showing what they’ve got.

NHA Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad III said, “Actually, hindi bumigay yung mga players ko. Yung puso nila, nanduon na kahit na anong mangyari, kailangan nilang maglaro at kailangan nilang lumaban (Actually, my players did not give up. Their heart was in the game and that no matter what happened they had to play, they had to fight).”

NHA’s Alvin Vitug was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 35 points.

Meanwhile, UNTV Cup two-time champion Judiciary Magis squelched the GSIS Furies’ winning streak during Sunday’s double-header at the Olivarez gymnasium in Parañaque City.

Joey Yabut said, defense was a key to the Magis’ 90–81 victory.

“Ang depensa namin, sa zona. At least, gumanda ang depensa… eh, nagka-problema kami yung wingman namin foul trouble kaagad kaya yung mga number two namin naging ano na … sa ilalim na laro. Buti naman gumanda yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Assistant Coach Joey Yabut said.

(We employed zone defense. At least our defense worked. Our wingman went in foul trouble early in the game so our number 2 player took over the role inside the paint. Good thing that our defense became better.)

The Furies’ performance, on the other hand, was below par.

GSIS Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Parang extended vacation pa rin yung game nila kanina… lagi kaming may lapses sa depensa, parang ang bagal ng reactions namin. Everytime nagsu-swing yung bola — sa wing meron kami rules eh — kaso ang bagal ng recovery kaya lagi sila nakaka-shoot sa labas.”

(It seems like our players were still in vacation mode. We had lapses in our defense, our reactions were slow. Everytime the ball swung…on the wings we have rules, but the recovery was too slow that is why the Judiciary Magis were able to shoot outside.)

Don “The Hammer” Camaso was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 19 points.

Only three weeks are left in the second-round elimination for the eight remaining teams to battle for the top six spots.

The top two teams will automatically ease to the semi-final round, while the quarter-finals will see the sixth to eighth placers.

The bottom two will exit the league this season. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES:

GAME 1: Judiciary defeat GSIS, 90-81.

Quarter Scores: 21-20, 43-40, 66-65, 90-81

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 90
C. Tolomia 28, C. Camaso 19, J. Rabino 14, F. Salamat 10, W. Ybañez 8, H. Bergonio 6, V. Puno 5

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 81
J. Abugan 30, R. Banzali 26, A Cuevas 11, S. Tamayo 4, A. Sunga 4, T. Hernandez 3, D. Bunyi 3

 

GAME 2: NHA defeat Senate in overtime, 104-100.

Quarter Scores: 13-34, 39-50, 69-79, 97-97, 104-100

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 104
A. Vitug 35, A. Lustestica 19, J. Dizon 17, C. Santos 9, M. Mercado 8, S. Crisostomo 6, J. Alostoy 4, R. Tibay 4, W. Tibay 2

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 100
G. Sevilla 28, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 15, S. Marata 11, M. Legaspi 10, R. Balboa 9, R. Malaga 8, M. Omega 3

 

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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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AFP, PNP bag first semi-final wins at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, 4 February 2019 05:42 PM

Despite of NHA’s tough defense, AFP’s Ezer Rosopa (#4) managed to produced relevant contributions to the Cavaliers making him one of the 3 hailed Best Player of the Game. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

The UNTV Cup Season 7 kicked off its best of three semi-final series with explosive matches at the Pasig City Sports Center last Sunday (February 3).

The AFP Cavaliers collided with the NHA Builders in the first game, with the latter deploying a run-and-gun tactic at the start of the match to record a six-point early edge against AFP’s 14 points in the first quarter.

But Cavaliers’ Boyet Bautista turned the tables in the second quarter by firing nine points, and another six in the next quarter to outscore the NHA.

The Builders tried to snatch back the lead in the last quarter but the AFP fired all its cylinders to block the NHA until the final buzzer sounded.

The first game ended with the final score of 78-76 in favor of the AFP, thanks to Jerry Lumongsod’s moves, ably supported by Bautista and Ezer Rosopa.

The three were hailed as the Best Players of the Game after firing a combined 36 points.

Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “I salute my players, I also give credit to NHA. It’s a hard-fought game… yung NHA medyo maganda rin yung ginawa nila na adjustment pero unfortunately, buti bandang huli nakapag adjust kami ng maayos.”

(…NHA made a good adjustment but unfortunately [for them], we were also able to adjust properly later in the game.)

The PNP Responders are likewise off to a great start after routing season six champion Senate Defenders, 79-74.

Allan Omiping and Jerry Boy Saracho led the PNP to bagging its first semi-final victory by firing a total of 35 points.

The Responders narrowly defeated the Senate after the latter boosted its plays in the third and last quarters to snap PNP’s early edge.

But Saracho’s consecutive three-point shots and Anton Tolentino’s two free throws in the last part of the game helped the PNP to spur on to victory.

“Nagka-foul trouble. So medyo nag-collapse yung ibang teammates ko, pero still composure. Sabi ko game plan nangyayari nung prinaktis natin so luckily thankful di bumigay yung teammates ko,” Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(We had foul trouble. Some of my team mates collapsed but still the composure was there. I told them, our game plan was what we practiced. Luckily, we finished the game with our composure intact.)

“Yung will to win. We’re up by twelve tapos suddenly were down. So kapag ganoon dapat killer instinct ibaon pa namin dapat,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(The will to win. We were leading by 12 points then suddenly we were down. In that moment, we need to have killer instinct. We should bury them more with a huge lead.) — Bernard Dadis

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