On Sunday, the early victims of AFP Cavaliers this season — Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)—seek to bounce back as both will face each other for the 2nd game of the UNTV Cup weekly triple-header.
According to PhilHealth Plus head coach Delio Aseron, beating PITC is going to be a tough task, particularly since they would be playing without their injured players, Jervi Glorioso and Mark Eduard Pedroso.
“Ang PITC is a very talented team. We really have to [do] double time. Kailangan maiayos namin yung depensa, kailangan maiayos ko rin yung rotation, and hopefully mag-click yung outside shooting namin and try to capitalize ng speed ng players natin at extra-hustle,” Coach Aseron said.
Last Sunday, the team of PhilHealth suffered defeat at the hands of multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers, with a final score 91-80.
The PITC basketball team on the other hand is coming off a three-week rest and practice since they too succumbed to AFP Cavaliers at the opening game of UNTV Cup Season 8 on September 9 at MOA Arena to the final score of 90-70.
PITC Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said earlier that they were not expecting to face the defending champion, and their other players are not in top condition.
“Yung mismong main guy namin si Porto, injured eh, so hindi na namin pinuwersa. Si Vassallo kakabalik lang galing injury. Tapos talagang off pa kami. Ilang beses pa lang kami nakakapag ensayo… we have to be given some time para maka-recover from everything, makapag-ensayo kami maayos… sigurado exciting ball game kapag kami naglaro,” Coach Vic Ycasiano said.
In other games, Judiciary-GSIS duel is set at 2 PM while NHA Builders vs Malacañang-PSC Kamao is set at 5:30 PM. — BERNARD DADIS
Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.
As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.
After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.
Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.
The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.
While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.
The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.
An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.
At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.
In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.
SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.
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GROUP A AFP Cavaliers 3-0 Agriculture Food Masters 2-0 Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2 PITC Global Traders 1-2 PhilHealth Plus 1-2 SSS Kabalikat 0-2
GROUP B Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0 DENR Warriors 2-0 NHA Builders 2-1 Judiciary Magis 1-2 GSIS Furies 0-3 PNP Responders 0-2
It seemed like NHA head coach and former Ginebra player, Benett Palad, injected the “never-say-die” Ginebra spirit into his team NHA Builders when they dominated the two-time champion Judiciary Magis in an exciting double overtime win, 108-101, on Sunday for the continuation of the first round elimination of the UNTV Cup — the league of public servants.
Though the Judiciary Magis dominated the NHA Builders in all 3 quarters, the Builders patiently tore down the lead in the final period to force the first overtime, 80-80.
In the first overtime, it was a showdown of marksmanship in the 3-point perimeter between Alvin Vitug and Frederick Salamat. Judiciary Magis had the chance to win the game if Erik Dionisio had not miss 1 of 2 crucial free throws with last 5 seconds left. The score entering the second overtime was 95-95.
But in the second overtime, the Judiciary Magis were plagued with foul troubles. Magis gunners Chester Tolomia, Warren Ybañez and Frederick Salamat graduated while there was still a few more minutes to play, allowing NHA to eventually prevail.
Also crucial to NHA’s victory was their rebounding, having 64 rebounds compared to Judiciary’s 38 rebounds and NHA’s free throws: 26 made out of 44 attempts (59.1%) compared to Judiciary’s 17 made out of 38 attempts (44.7%).
With a combined 42 points the Tibay twins — Waldemar and Ralph— were chosen as best players of the game for carrying out Coach Benett Palad’s specially designed plays defensively and offensively all throughout the game.
“Kasi malalaki sila kailangan ko sa loob ng speed, so kailangan ko may humustle (hustle) kay Warren. Kasi kung hindi, mayayari kami sa ilalim, wala akong malaki eh,” Coach Bennett Palad said.
Ralph Tibay said, “Kailangan kong depensahan si Warren, kailangan mahirapan si Warren yun lang naman ang game plan: pahirapan ang beterano. Kung walang magtitimon sa kanila patay yung ano ng Judiciary.”
Meanwhile, Waldemar Tibay had this to say about Frederick Salamat: “Shooter talaga eh kahit anong gamin namin, nag-double kami sa side. Ang problem lang namin, sumasakto yung tira niya doon, pero good defense pa rin kami.”
Other outstanding performances came from Alvin Vitug and Marlon Mercado with 23 points each and Antonio Lustestica Jr who contributed 10 points.
For the basketball team of Supreme Court, Frederick Salamat amassed 25 points with 21 points coming from the 3-point area. While Chester Tolomia had 23 points and Warren Ybañez had double-double figures, 19 points and 10 rebounds.
“Ang naging problema namin noong fourth quarter lamang kami ng eleven points medyo ipiniress namin yung ball, kaya nawala yung momentum namin sa tingin ko yun yung factor kaya nahabol kami, eh,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.
With this win, the Builders are now in the 3rd place of Group B ranking with 2-1-win loss record while the Judiciary Magis falls into the 4th place with 1 win and 2 losses.
In the other games, PhilHealth Plus has now broken into the win column of Group A ranking after an excruciating overtime win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 118-110.
Even though PhilHealth’s Mark Pedroso has not yet fully recovered from his knee injury, he still played to help his team.
Mark Pedroso collected 19 points and 9 assists while Jonathan Aldave collected 38 points and 7 rebounds, together, they were hailed as best players of the game.
Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao remains unbeaten after defeating the GSIS Furies, 102-69.
Philippine Marines’ Joseph Besa was hailed as best player of the game with 19 points and 3 rebounds. — Bernard Dadis
Game 1: Malacañang-PSC def. GSIS, 102-69
Malacañang-PSC 102 – Besa 19, Ignario 17, Garrido 14, N. Javier 11, Punzalan 11, V. Javier 9, M. Antonio 9, R. Abalos 2
The winless teams, PhilHealth Plus and GSIS Furies must defeat their opponents this coming Sunday as they are on the verge of early elimination being on the bottom two in their respective groups.
In the first game of the triple-header, GSIS Furies would have to breach the tough defense of Malacanang-PSC Kamao head-on.
It’s going to be a big task for the Rene Banzali and Roger Yap-led team to even demoralize their opponent because Coach Raffy Gonzales’ Kamao team has the perfect winning momentum; on the other hand they will come from two-straight sorry loses.
The battle between the President’s men and the government-worker insurers is slated at 2 pm at Pasig City Sports Center.
In the other game, PhilHealth Plus must triumph against the Ombudsman Graft Busters led by its big man tandem of Bernzon Franco and Samuel Ignacio and the reinforcement playing coach of Edsel del Rosario.
The Health Insurers and “Tanod Bayan” face off is scheduled at 3:30 in the afternoon.
And in the main card of UNTV Cup Sunday games, Judiciary Magis and NHA Builders are eager to get the win that will decide their ranking in Group B with both having a 1-1 record.
Judiciary comes from a victorious game against GSIS last September 29.
Coach Joey Yabut said, “Sabi ko sa mga players, kailangan nating manalo kasi kapag nadalawang sunod tayo, mahirap na tayo bumawi kasi tatlong malalakas pa yung kalaban natin.”
NHA Builders Coach Benett Palad says, “Kailangan naming manalo doon para pumasok kami sa taas … yung team ko kasi ngayon nagkakaroon na ng camaraderie at teamwork so mas gumaganda yung takbuhan. Konting konti na lang ang i-aadjust ko na mali nila.” — Bernard Dadis
Aside from NHA, the Magis is slated to face DENR and PNP.
While the NHA Builders are determined to bounce back from a disheartening loss from Malacanang-PSC Kamao two-weeks ago.
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