Ombudsman claims twice to beat advantage in UNTV Cup Offseason playoffs
UNTV News • July 3, 2018 • 2843
Together with Graft Investigation and Prosecution Office Armando Sanchez Jr (#23), Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge Espinal (#10) was hailed as the Best Players of the Game leading the Ombudsman Graft Busters with 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 steals combined in defeating the Judiciary Magis by a point, 55-54. Ombudsman Graft Busters are now on the top 2 spot of the Executive Face Off. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)
Ombudsman Graft Busters claimed twice to beat advantage in the off-season playoffs after narrowly routing Judiciary Magis, 55-54, in a cardiac game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The victory allowed the Ombudsman to keep its top two spot while Judiciary fell to the third place, sharing it with Senate Sentinels, which is currently holding 4-2 win-loss record.
Jorge Espinal and Armando Sanchez are the best players of the game, finishing combined 36 points to jack up score after key player, director Nikki Laure, was forced to step back during first quarter due to an injury.
Graft Busters Head Coach Ricky Alcantara said, “You know naman na si Director Nikki yung talagang bumubuhat sa opensa namin. So as I’ve said sa first half sabi ko wag nating sayangin ginawa ni Nikki. Let’s offer this game to him.”
(You know how Director Nikki is, he really lifts the team so as I’ve said, in the first half, I told the players let us not waste Nikki’s efforts, let’s offer this game to him.)
Meanwhile, off season reigning champion AFP Cavaliers finally claim its first win by ending GSIS Thunder Furies’ campaign in the league, 92-55.
LT COL Egverr Jonathan Abutin and LT COL Julius Cesar Paulo’s tandem lifted the AFP with 17 points, claiming best players title.
The Cavaliers has 1-5-win loss record and still has one elimination game to play.
DOJ Justice Boosters, on the other hand, crash out for the rest of the off season though they remain in high spirits.
Head Coach Noli Mejo explains they were able to defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao in their last elimination match, 85-81, before finally bidding farewell to the game.
DOJ Head Coach Noli Mejo said, “Instruction ko sa kanila is kailangan pa ring manalo dito sa last game (I told them we still need to win the last game).”
“Hindi ibig sabihin na hindi ka na mag qu-qualify hindi ka na maglalaro ng maayos, we have to give it our all,” acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said.
(Not being able to qualify for the game doesn’t mean we should slack off. We have to give it our all.)
Atty. Nonilon Tagalicud and Atty. Charlie Guhit are the best players for bucketing respective 22 and 14 points.
Kamao’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, meanwhile drizzles with 41 points, including nine from the rainbow country.
SAP Bong Go said, “Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.”
(Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue
AFP Cavaliers (92) — R. De Luna 14, L. Casio 12, R. Manuel 10, J. Jaro 4, R. Abarintos 4, J. Defeo 3, B. Comor 2, R. Manila 2, V. Rengel 2, R. Curiba 2
GSIS Thunder Furies (55) — E. Abutin 17, J. Paulo 16, N. Mendez 11, G. Del Rosario 10, L. Caranto 9, W. Gonzales 9, K. Grajo 6, O. Vesliño 6, A. Divinagracia 4, V. Bayani 2, E. Talja 2
Quarter Scores: 25-14,42-32,66-42,92-55
Ombudsman Graft Busters (55) — A. Sanchez 20, J. Espinal 16, A. Atienza 9, R. Casal 6, A. Almojuela 2, R. Sadsad 2
Judiciary Magis (54) — J. Yabut 13, M. Tomacruz 11, W. Ramiterre 10, J. Marquez 8, I. Ramoso 3
Quarter Scores:10-8, 32-23, 47-37, 55-54
DOJ Justice Boosters (85) — N. Tagalicud 22, C. Guhit 14, J. Gernale 12, J. Gaurano 10, R. Fadullon 6, C. Garvida 6, R. Munsayac 5, R. Aguto 3, D. Africa 2, R. Ricamora 2, L. Taliping 2, R.Antero 1
Malacañang-PSC Kamao (81) — C. Go 41, M. Buena 20, I. Papera 6, N. Herico 4, G. Beljica 4, R. Sergio 4, S. Malbog 2
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors are now on the cusp of winning the UNTV Cup Season 8 title after routing the defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers, 90-73, in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series on Sunday at Paco Arena in Manila.
Warriors dominated the ball game from the first quarter and successfully thwarted attempts by the Cavaliers to block their shots in the third quarter.
In the last quarter, the seasoned Cavaliers still tried to pump in more points with top players Romeo Almerol, Darwin Cordero and Jerry Lumongsod.
But the rookie team Warriors, led by Coach Norlito Eneran, defended tightly and rotated the ball so well that it posted impressive scores from the field to finish the game in double digits.
DENR’s Ralph Lansang and Ryan Abanes were picked as best players of the game after scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Ed Rivera added 15 points to DENR’s score while Desederio Ayson Jr. provided 14 points and Melvin Bangal with 13 points.
Coach Eneran admitted the team had to work doubly hard in order to clinch the title on their first try against the veteran Cavaliers in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.
“Ang sikreto ko itong nasa likod ko, yung mga coaching staff talagang pinagtrabahuhan nila ito. Nag-isip kami, nag-analyze paano tatalunin ang Champion na AFP. Talagang hirap, sakripisyo,” Eneran said.
The team was also boosted by the support from their colleagues at the DENR, led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and other top officials.
“I’m very happy because aside from giving service to the people especially sa ating different departments, we are Department of Natural and Resources. We are providing the service to people, now we would like to entertain with this basketball, so maraming salamat kay Mr. Daniel Razon,” Cimatu said in the sidelines of the ballgame.
“Nag-paid off ang sakripisyo namin… Palagay ko, the biggest factor is ‘yung suporta ng departamento. You see all these people, kahit hindi ka panalo enough na eh. ‘Yung exposure na ibinigay ng UNTV, nakikita na we are doing something for Manila Bay yun na po yun, panalo na po yun,” Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo said.
The Warriors aim to complete a series sweep as they go against the Cavaliers for another game on Monday, March 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Game 2 will reveal whether the rookie team will take home this season’s title or the Cavaliers will be able to force a do-or-die Game 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
The two-time champion Judiciary Magis will move to UNTV Cup’s 2nd round of elimination after it defeated the season 5 champion PNP Responders in their do-or-die match last Sunday at Pasig City Spots Center, 78-72.
Former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez led the Magis with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
According to Warren, one of their secrets in winning this game is trust.
“Sinabi lang namin […] trust our team mates, magtiwala sa kakampi, dumipensa, mananalo kami sa game na ito,” BPG Warren Ybañez said.
While according to Coach Joey Yabut, their zone defense was effective that’s why their players were not exhausted.
“Ang ginawa namin conditioning noong Friday. Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila last game na natin ‘to kung di tayo mananalo, mas mahaba ang pahinga, siguro lahat ng lakas nila inilabas nila ngayon.”
For the PNP Responders, SPO3 Anton Tolentino Jr led the team with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block with the support from 2-time MVP Olan Omiping with 17 points.
As for the fate of the whole PNP Responders team next season, Coach Eric Samson said he is leaving it up to the PNP management.
“As of now, mare-reflect namin yung mga pagkakamali especially this game di ba? So sa mga sumusuporta sa PNP Responders, keep supporting us, next year, babalik yung team na ito sigurado,” the head coach of PNP Responders said.
With this win, Judiciary Magis advances to the next stage of the competition while the PNP Responders bid farewell for the meantime together with GSIS Furies for Group B.
In the other games, PITC Global Traders will also proceed to the 2nd round elimination of UNTV Cup after beating the Ombudsman Graft Busters with final score of 87-70.
With this victory, PITC will join PhilHealth, Agriculture and AFP to the next phase of the tournament while the Ombudsman Graft Busters and SSS Kabalikat will go on early vacation in preparation for the next season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. — Bernard Dadis
Game 1: PITC def. Ombudsman , 87-70
PITC 87 – Taplah 26, Vasallo 17, Juan 12, Regalado 11, Martin 10, Lopez 8, Gecale 3
The DENR Warriors defeated the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao in the main game of UNTV Cup’s Sunday triple-header at Pasig City Sports Center.
With a final score of 80-77, the Warriors ended Kamao’s four-game winning streak.
The tandem of Ed Rivera (22 points, 8 rebounds) and Arturo Atablanco (5 points 4 rebounds and 7 assists) led DENR to victory.
While Desederio Asyon Jr listed 12 points and 10 rebound, Melvin Bangal gathered 17 points and Ralph Lansang contributed 14 points.
John Michael Jimenez’ 19 points, Jeffrey Punzalan’s 17 points and Eric Dela Cuesta’s 15 points all went down the drain.
The 13-0 run in the first 5 minutes of the first quarter was also substantial to Warriors’ victory.
“Lapses namin sa defense lalo na sa offense, nag-struggle kami noong first half, binigay namin laro ng DENR,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez admitted.
While DENR Warriors Head Coach Atty. Norlito Eneran said, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players kasi they responded well. Ang challenge ko sa kanila ibigay natin yung laban na ito para sa aming kasamahan na namatay in line of duty, yun ay si Rolando Corpuz. Nabaril siya dahil sa paggampan ng tungkulin.”
To date, DENR Warriors are leading the Group B with 4-0-win loss record while the Kamao slides down to 4-1.
In the other games, AFP Cavaliers is ruthlessly reigning over the Group A of UNTV Cup after defeating its last opponent, the Ombudsman Graft Busters, at the 1st round elimination with final score of 92-74.
With a 5-0-win loss record, the Cavaliers advances to the 2nd round eliminations.
Wilfred Casulla with 18 points was hailed as Best Player of the Game together with Jerry Lumongsod with 17 points.
“Hindi pa naman doon natatapos yung trabaho namin. So, we have to prepare sa second round,” CPL Cornelio Sonny Manucat III, AFP Cavaliers head coach, said.
Concurrently, the PhilHealth Plus moved to a better position in a bid to advance to the second-round elimination after defeating the rookie team SSS Kabalikat, 104-80.
PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron said, “Itong panalo na to idini-dedicate namin sa aming beneficiary PhilHealth Provident Fund.”
With a 2-3-win loss record, the health insurers are in the 4th place of Group A in the league of public servants while the Ombudsman Graft Busters are on the 5th place with 1-3 ranking.
At the games between PITC and Ombudsman on November 17, 2019, it is possible to have a multiple-team tie ranking.
Should PITC win, the Ombudsman will go on early vacation. On the other hand, if Ombudsman wins by more than a 15-point lead, they will advance to the 2nd round and PhilHealth will be dropped. Otherwise, the PhilHealth will take their seat going to the next level. — Bernard Dadis
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