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
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
Witness three-time runner up Malacañang-PSC Kamao go against two-time champion Judiciary Magis on Sunday (September 22).
PhilHealth Plus will banner its five new players in the 8th season of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
According to Coach Delio Aseron, their team had played in various leagues during the off season as part of preparation.
“Ang paghahanda na ginawa natin we participated doon sa Government Corporations Athletic Association o GCAA kung saan nag champion po sa open ang PhilHealth for five years na and nanalo po kami sa seniors first time,” Coach Delio Aseron said.
(Part of our preparation was our participation at the GCAA or Government Corporation Athletic Association where PhilHealth was the champion for five years already in the open category and first-time champion in senior’s category.)
PhilHealth’s first game of the season will be against the defending champion, AFP Cavaliers in the second game of the triple-header on Sunday, 3PM at Pasig City Sports Center.
“Expect niyo po PhilHealth lalaban kahit maliit kami… hopefully we utilize our speed para exciting games,” Coach Aseron added.
(Expect PhilHealth to fight despite of our small line up… hopefully we’ll be able to utilize our speed to make the games exciting.)
Meanwhile, three-time runner up Malacañang-PSC Kamao will field two new players in their game against Judiciary Magis for the main game on Sunday, 5PM.
Kamao’s new players are Jeffrey Punzalan, 5’7 and Joseph Antolin Roque, 6’1.
According to MAL-PSC Coach Raffy Gonzales, they will not be complacent this season because they know that all the teams have upgraded their respective rosters. They promise to give all their best to repeat a finals appearance.
Coach Raffy Gonzales said, “Maganda naman pagkapasok nila dahil unang-una si Punzalan nag lalaro ng 1 and 2 [positions], yung Roque ganoon din 1,2,3 [positions] nilalaro.”
(Their addition is just fitting to our team, firstly, Jeffrey Punzalan plays position 1 and 2 and Joseph Roque plays 1,2 and 3.)
In the other court, expect a faster Judiciary Magis at UNTV Cup Season 8 according to head coach Joey Yabut following their acquisition of two new players.
“Expect niyo na takbuhan kami ngayon saka siguro gaganda na yung denepsa namin dahil may dalawa kaming player na bago. Mukhang defensive din hindi lang scorer eh,” Coach Yabut said.
(Expect us to be running this season and also expect us to be more defensive because of our new players.)
Joey Yabut also added that they will fight toe-to-toe despite facing other teams’ big men.
“Naging problema namin yung depensa, yung isa kasi namin bigman makatutulong sya ngayon sa ilalim…pwede rin siyang mabigyan sa ilalim dahil marunon siyang gumalaw. Yung isa naman defensive player. Yun naman yung mukhang kapalit ni John Hall,” Coach Joey Yabut said.
(Defense was our problem before but one of our big men can be a reliable force inside the paint. The other player is a defensive player who can possibly replace the vacuum left by our former player John Hall.)
Prior to these match ups is the opening game at 2pm between the Agriculture Food Masters and Ombudsman Graft Busters. — Bernard Dadis
These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.
Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.
For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.
“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies
“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez
“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad
“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II
UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.
For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).
Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).
“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.
Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.
Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.
Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.
“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.
Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.
“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.
Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.
“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.
“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
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