James Patrick Abugan, GSIS #14, was hailed as the best player of the game in the battle of PNP Responders and GSIS Furies on September 9, 2018. Abugan put up a massive 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block to help playing coach Rene “Boy” Banzali win its first win. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)
GSIS Furies shocked the UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders at their first game in the seventh season of the league of public servants on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Pasig City Sports Center.
Furies’ James Patrick Abugan put up 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block, prompting him to be chosen as the Best Player of the Game.
Among Abugan’s production was the crucial 3-point shot that kept the GSIS hope alive in the last 2 minutes and 26 seconds of the game. It cut the lead of the PNP to just 2 points, 81-79.
Another important field goal that the ‘Best Player’ made was the lead-giving shot in the last 20.6 seconds of the game, 85-83.
Shooting Guard Aaron Martinez also added 2 important points to further bury the PNP, 87-83.
The policemen tried to come up with a recovery plan but time was not on their side.
PNP Responders was in control for most part of the game until GSIS’ patience and persistence paid off in the last minutes of the game.
Playing-coach Rene Boy Banzali said, “Sobrang saya namin, kasi actually medyo late na yung preparation namin. Nakita niyo yung coaches wala kami, so nakita niyo nag-usap usap na lang kami.”
(We were very happy [ with this win] though our preparation for this game were quite late already. As you can see, we even lack in coaching staff so we just coordinated with each other.)
Banzali added 27 points while Kenneth Ilano delivered 15 points for the Furies. While Olan Omiping had 20 points and rookie PO1 Rollie Serrano gave 16 points for the PNP Responders.
Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters frustrated the returning Philhealth Plus, 105 – 95.
Philhealth was dominating the Agriculture department until the third quarter when the Food Masters took the lead when the buzzer ended, 75-74.
The fourth quarter was consumed with Coach Zaldy Realubit’s boys flexed their muscles and left the Delio Aseron-coached team behind, 105-95.
DA Head Coach Rizaldy Realubit said, “Team na yung Philhealth, kahit ano na ginawa namin noong second quarter, nag-zone na kami nalulusutan nila kami, nag-tao tao kami ganoon pa din. So noong naka-adjust na kami noong nag-zone kami at hinigpitan namin yung defense namin sa shaded lane doon nakabawi na kami.”
(The Philhealth team were so solid. We did zone defense, man-to-man defense but to no avail. After adjusting to the strategies and intensifying our defense, we began to recover and take control of the game.)
The Best Players of the Game honors were given to Emerson Oreta with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and Christian Demetera with 21 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: Department of Agriculture defeats Philhealth, 105-95.
Quarter Scores: 24-28, 49-54, 75-74, 105-95
DA Food Masters
Box Scores: 105
E. Oreta 23, C. Dematera 21, H. Hernandez 19, M. Manigo 12, E. Daja 11, S. Silva 8, J. Comerciase 4, M. Lim 3, M. Mangrobang 2, E. Lacson 2
Box Scores: 95
J. Aldave 31, M. Pedroso 29, I. Mazo 14, E. Malana 9, E. Pacheco 7, K. Emata 2, J. Alfeche 2, J. Hierro 1
GAME 2: GSIS defeats PNP, 87-83.
Quarter Scores: 15-21, 37-37, 60-65, 87-83
Box Scores: 87
J. Abugan 31, R. Banzali 27, K. Ilano 15, P. Dela Cuadra 6, A. Sunga 4, D. Bunyi 2, A. Martinez
Box Scores: 83
O. Omiping 20, R. Serrano 16, A. Tolentino 11, C. Santiago 8, J. Criste 8, H. Sta. Cruz 8, J. Misola 5, J. Cabahug 4, J. Saracho 3