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PNP, GSIS to duel in UNTV Cup Season 7 second game on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

 

Senate Defenders’ Sen. Manny Pacquiao drives strong to the goal during their game against the PITC Global Traders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Catch the telecast on Sunday at 2 PM before the regular elimination games of the UNTV Cup Season 7.

 

Games on Sunday, September 9
2PM – Telecast of Senate Defenders vs PITC Global Traders
3:30PM – DA Food Masters vs Philhealth Plus
5:30PM – PNP Responders vs GSIS Furies
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

Its eyes on the prize for the PNP Responders this season as they vow to bounce back from the stinging loss they suffered from Season 6 champions Senate Defenders.

The PNP was unable to defend their hard-won season 5 title when Senate swooped in on them in last season’s quarterfinals.

PNP Responders Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez said the Responders are raring to quench their thirst for the championship this seventh edition, vowing to employ more aggressive tactics and higher endurance levels to reach the finals.

“Hindi naman kami tumitigil sa ensayo kasi mayroon kaming regular na liga sa loob ng PNP. So magkakalaban man sila yung physical ano nila nama maintain nila… well practiced kami ngayon,” Assistant Coach Marquez said.

The PNP junior cagers also draw inspiration from their seniors who bulldozed all their opponents on their way to UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff Finals this year.

 “Siyempre nakakahiya sa ating mga bossing kung kami ay medyo bababa…  yung aming executive, champion sila so pipilitin namin [ magaya ] yung champion nila,” Marquez added.

Aside from  improving their stamina, the PNP Responders are also relying on their new players namely PO1 Richard Villanueva from NCRPO, PO1 Rollie Errano from MPD and Cyril Santiago, who stands 6’4 and formerly played for the MMDA  Blackwolves in Season 2 and for FEU Tamaraws in early 2000.

 “They already have the system eh kasi proven na naman nag-champion na sila… filing in the gaps yung sa akin kung kailangan nila ng more on offensive rebound defensive rebound, defense …some points …yun ang ibibigay natin,” Cyril Santiago relayed.

The PNP Responders are set to duel against GSIS Thunder Furies on Sunday, 5 PM at the Pasig City Sports Center. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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Senate, NHA remain flawless at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

Garri Sevilla (#33) was hailed as the Best Player with 18 points in the game between Senate Defenders and GSIS Furies on September 23, 2018 at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and NHA Builders kept their early edge in contrasting fashions at the UNTV Cup Season 7 match held last Sunday at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City.

The Senate remains on top of the Group-A after toppling the GSIS Furies, 78-51. The game’s best player, Garri Sevilla, led the defenders to victory with his 18-point finish.

Head coach Mike Fermin said their intensified maneuvers were inspired by a near upset in the hands of swift-footed PITC Global Traders in their September 3 match.

“Collective effort lang kasi from the last game namin, lousy defense kami so parang chinallenge namin yung players to play individual players, stopper para we will not make them easy basket,” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.

(It was a collective effort because in our last game, our defense was lousy, so we challenged the players individually so as not to give opponents some easy shots.)

“Importante ngayon na-realize namin is practice as a team,” GSIS Furies Coach Rene Boy said.

(What is important now is that we realize the importance of team practice.)

The NHA Builders also maintained their early Group B lead after routing the PhilHealth Plus, 103-100, to claim their second win.

Twin towers, Jessie Alastoy and Marvin Mercado, led the NHA by bucketing 13 and 19 points, respectively.

NHA head coach Bennet Palad attributes their victory to enhancing the team’s agility by observing their opponents moves.

“Malaki yung ginawa naming paghahanda.  Alam ko quick ang team na ito, maliliit. So inaral namin yung lahat, yung safety, yung quickness nila,” NHA Builders Head Coach Bennett Palad said.

(We really prepared for this game because we know that Team PhilHealth is quick. So we studied everything: safety and their agility.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, blames their second defeat to low energy and lack of able players.

“Una sa lahat marami tayong players na nasa injury kaya maraming wala. Pangalawa, naiwanan kami mababa yung energy namin noong first half but we made adjustments. Pero ang pinaka-critical dito siguro yung free-throw shootings , free-throw shootings namin masyadong mababa,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Dello Aseron II said.

(First of all, we have players who are injured. Secondly, we have low energy during the first half, but we made adjustments. But the most critical was our poor free throw shooting.)

The PNP Responders, meanwhile, snagged its first victory after clobbering PITC Global Traders in a heart-thundering game, 80–77.

PO2 Anton Tolentino’s buzzer-beater three-point shot thrown from beyond the court’s half served as the key to defeating the PITC. His 16-point finish earned him the best player of the game title.

“Well, yung depensa namin siguro lesson-learned kami against GSIS kaya naman kami nahabol kasi poor defense namin. Natuwa ako sa mga teammates ko hindi kami nag-give up, dumipensa. Sa palagay ko, yun talaga nagpanalo sa amin,” PNP Responders playing-coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.

(Maybe our defense during our game against GSIS was a lesson-learned. We lost then because of our poor defense. Now, in this game against PITC, I was happy with my team mates. We didn’t give up, we had good defense. I think that’s the reason why we won this time.)

“Part of the game eh, talagang breaks of the game kami natalo. I think we did better… nag-collapse noong first game pero this time naka-recover kami was down by 11 when it started. Noong first half medyo sabog kami, pero nakabalik naman yung mga boys. Along the way we will be better,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said.

(Losing is really part of the game. I think we did better… it may have collapsed during the first game [with Senate] but we recovered this time [with PNP]. We were down by 11 points when it started. We were a mess during the first half , but we were able to recover. Along the way we will be better.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue

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NHA, PhilHealth clash on UNTV Cup set this Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: PhilHealth’s #23 Mark Eduard Pedroso trying to escape the triple-team defense in their game against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters when he contributed an impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steals to go with his fellow team leader Jonathan Aldave who put up 31 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl and 2 blk. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, September 23
 
2PM – NHA vs Philhealth
3:30PM – PITC vs PNP
5PM – GSIS vs Senate
Venue: GSIS Gymnasium
Address: GSIS Financial Center, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City

 

Fresh from claiming their first victory against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, the NHA Builders are now preparing for an upcoming match against the PhilHealth Plus in the ongoing elimination rounds of UNTV Cup Season 7.

The NHA basketball team is gunning for a second win as part of its aim to finish higher than last season’s fourth rank.

NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio ‘Bennett’ Palad III said they are now ramping up practices and tactics to boost the players’ stamina and chemistry, especially since they are set to clash with a team that also boasts of swift-footed players and skillful shooters.

“Hopefully, sana mag-continue yung camaraderie and yung ano ng mga bagong players maka-adjust doon sa mga dati kong players,” the NHA Builders coach said.

(Hopefully, we can continue the camaraderie and the integration of the news players to our team.)

“Marami [pa kaming adjustments na gagawin], kasi unang una yung mga shooting nila hindi pa naglalabasan, yung mga passing nila, pati yung defense, yung defense nade-delay pa masyado. Hindi sila nag-aadjust kaagad kaya nababagsakan ng tao sa ilalim. So madami pa kami ia-adjust sa kanila so hopefully makapasok kami sa championship,” Coach Palad added.

(We still have to do a lot of adjustments. Firstly, their shooting: sure shots are not consistent yet, their passing, their defense mostly are delayed that’s why we have allowed the opponents a lot of points in the paint. So, we still have to work out a lot of things. Hopefully, we can qualify for championship title this season.)

Team PhilHealth Plus is also adjusting its players’ techniques, refusing to get intimidated by NHA’s speed and power.

“Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust… nakita namin yung plus at minus ng team namin but we really have to help each other to get rebounding, we have to take advantage of our quickness and sa aming mga shooting we need to practice more,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron III said.

(Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust…we saw the strengths and weaknesses of our team. But we really have to help each other to get rebounding. We have to take advantage of our quickness. And when it comes to our shooting, we need to practice more.)

PhilHealth has yet to record a win after suffering a defeat from their debut match with DA Food Masters last week.

The NHA and PhilHealth clash is the first of the three games slated on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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GSIS stuns PNP at UNTV Cup Season 7 first salvo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

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

 

THE SCORES:

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

Philhealth Plus
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

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 87
J. Abugan 31, R. Banzali 27, K. Ilano 15, P. Dela Cuadra 6, A. Sunga 4, D. Bunyi 2, A. Martinez

PNP Responders
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

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