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PNP, NHA, BOC triumph on UNTV Cup’s triple header last Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The crucial shot of BOC Transformers’ Gherome Ejercito in evasion of their first lost at the UNTV Cup. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

LAGUNA, Philippines — Residents of Biñan witnessed an action-packed UNTV Cup Season 5 triple-header held at Alonte sports arena on Sunday.

In game one, the PNP Responders gunned down the MMDA Black Wolves’ offense, dominating the game from start to finish.

Ollan “The Sniper” Omiping led the Responders towards the 13-point win, 86-47.

For this, the Black Wolves drops down to the bottom spot, with 4 games won and 5 games lost.

The PNP Responders, on the other hand, now has a 7-2 win – loss record.

In the second game, the NHA Builders bulldozed the AFP Cavaliers with final scores 86 – 73.

After the long holiday, NHA’s preparation paid off.

NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio “Benneth” Palad III said, “Pinaghandaan namin lahat ng team, lalo na yung dalawang susunod kasi kailangan naming dumiretso para makapasok sa apat.”

(The whole team prepared for this, most especially the two incoming games because we need to be at the top 4 in the standings to assure advancement to the next round of the tournament.)

The Builders was led by Marvin Mercado who made 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Ariel Vitug who buried 25 points and dominated 8 boards.

And in the main game, the BOC Transformers remain on the top spot of the team standings after knocking down the Malacañang Kamao in a neck-and neck battle which ended with 71-70 on the scoreboard.

The rookie team was geared by PBA Legend Kenneth “Captain Marbel” Duremdes and Gherome Ejercito.

Ejercito was able to bury a crucial shot which paved the way to the transformers’ 8th win this season.

The BOC Transformers remains on the top spot while the Malacañang Kamao now has a 5-3 win-loss record. — Bernard Dadis, UNTV News & Rescue

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BFP stuns AFP in UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

AFP Cavaliers’ #41 Romeo Almerol Jr. in rebounding duel with BFP Firefighters’ #5 Rob Wainwright. (Jaybe De Leon / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The Fire Fighters have stained the Cavaliers’ record to give the soldiers’ their first defeat of the season.

This, after the firemen dominated all four quarters in Sunday’s third game that ended with 104-97 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

BFP playing coach Gilbert Malabanan believes that the team’s extra effort in practices and in the game bore fruit.

“Actually, pinaghandaan namin iyan. Sinabi ko iyan sa mga players ko, hindi namin kakayanin iyan kapag magpa-practice lang kami. Kailangan namin mag-extra effort talaga. Nakita naman namin ang conditioning na ginawa namin sa kalaban, so nagbunga talaga ang hirap namin,” Firefighters head coach Malabanan said.

(Actually, we have prepared for it. I have told my players we won’t be able to handle it by practice alone.We really need to exert extra effort. Anyway, we have seen the conditioning that we made on the other team, our efforts paid off.)

Meanwhile, AFP Assistant Coach Ronald Cahanding admits lack of defense was a culprit of their loss.

“Kung makikita natin yung game, natapos yung game high score eh. So ang nangyari talaga sa amin, ang sama ng defense namin. Nakita nyo naman ang taas ng score nila… ang dami namin ibinigay na fast break.”

(If we look back at the game, it ended with a high score. So what really happened to us was, our defense was so bad. You have seen how high the other team’s score was…we gave them a lot of fast breaks.)

The AFP now has a 3-1 standing, while the BFP has a 1-3 win-loss record.

Meanwhile, in the PDEA-DOJ action, the Drug Busters stunned the Justice Boosters 105-86 to mark its first win.

PDEA was able to limit DOJ’s outside shooting and intensified its defense in the paint area.

“Yung mga shooter lang habulin nila. Di bale na maliit sila basta may challenge. Tapos ang mga big man pigilan nila sa ilalim,” Drug Busters Coach Felix Armando said.

(They should only go after the shooters. It doesn’t matter if they are small, as long as they are challenging. Then, they should block the bigger men in the paint.)

While DOJ Head Coach John Agbayani Jr. said, “Ganoon talaga, mayroong nanalo may natatalo. Nagkaroon ng break ang PDEA during the second half, so we need to accept that.”

(It’s really like that. There’s a winner, there’s a loser. PDEA had a break on the second half, so we need to accept that.)

Robert Sanz and Brillos Rizon made combined 56 points and were hailed as the best players of the game.

And in the GSIS – DOH duel, the Furies claims its second win after toppling the Health Achievers, 83-73.

Forward James Patrick Abugan led the furies with 22 points and six rebounds thus hailed as the best player of the game.

GSIS now has a 2-2 win-loss record, while DOH has 1-3. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue


The Scores

GAME 1: GSIS Furies defeat DOH Health Achievers, 83-73.

Quarter Scores: 18-18, 36-33, 60-58, 83-73

GSIS Furies 

Box Scores: 83

J. Abugan 22, D. Bunyi 15, R. Banzali 11, M. Nuyana 11, A. Cuevas 10, T. Hernandez 7, A. Sunga 7, 

DOH Health Achievers

Box Scores: 73

S. Mopera 26, R. Dabu 13, L. Nidoy 13, M. Kalaw 9, R. Pingol 4, J. Guevarra 3, A. Saculinggan 3, R. Herrera 2 


GAME 2: PDEA Drug Busters defeat DOJ Justice Boosters, 105-86

Quarter Scores: 19-23, 43-45, 69-67, 105-86

PDEA Drug Busters 

Box Scores: 105

R. Sanz 33, B. Rizon 23, M. Basco 23, J. Montallana 19, D. Dejarme 4, J. Perante 3

DOJ Justice Boosters

Box Scores: 86

E. Mabazza 28, C. Borile 16, J. Lopez 12, P. Reguera 11, J. Polican 7, P. Butel 7, C. Cruz 2, M. San Juan 2, A. Vitero 1


GAME 3: BFP Firefighters defeat AFP Cavaliers, 104-97

Quarter Scores: 26-15, 58-33, 68-51, 104-97

BFP Firefighters

Box Scores: 104

R. Wainwright 19, G. Malabanan 19, J. Jayona 18, R. Sibal 15, R. Molina 11, J. Egea 8, K. Amores 6, A. Cabais 5, R. Namia 3

AFP Cavaliers

Box Scores: 97

J. Lumongsod 21, R. Almerol 19, B. Bautista 16, R. Pascual 15, J. Quiambao 9, W. Casulla 6, R. Araneta 6, A. Zuñiga 3, W. Sergio 2

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GSIS to face DOH on Sunday at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, November 11th, 2017

FILE PHOTO: GSIS Furies team defense during the game against the COA Enablers. On Sunday, the GSIS Furies will face the DOH Health Achievers on the 1st game (2pm) of the triple-header at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)

The GSIS Furies is set to face the DOH Health Achievers in the first game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
Both teams have one win – two lost record.
Aside from the game this Sunday, both teams have two remaining games which they must win in order to advance to the second-round eliminations which begin on December 14.
Meanwhile, the DOJ Justice Boosters is adamant to bounce back and claim its second win after losing from two-time champion Judiciary Magis through a double overtime on October 29.
Despite the loss, DOJ head coach John Agbayani Jr. is satisfied with his cubs’ dedication and performance.
“Ang ganda ng laro eh… happy rin kami sa ipinakita ng DOJ team kasi lumaban kami hanggang dulo… so were happy ngayon na ang DOJ ngayon ay lumalaban,” Coach Agbayani said.
(The game was great… we’re also happy with the performance of the DOJ team because we really fought hard until the end… so we are really happy now that DOJ is really fighting.)
The DOJ team now beefs up training ahead of future games, with eyes on the quarter-finals.
“Every team naman ngayon sobrang hirap kalaban, eh. So every practice namin, we consider it talagang importante kasi ang hirap ng mga schedule ng players ko. So every time na nagpa-practice kami isinusulit talaga namin yung practice.”
(Every team now is too tough to beat. So in every practice session, we consider it very important because it’s hard to find time in their respected schedules. So when we’re in practice, we make sure that we make the most out of it.)
“Mahaba pa naman yung season so, hopefully makapag-adjust yung team… maka abot kami sa quarter finals.”
(The UNTV Cup Season 6 still has long way to go, hopefully we could still make some adjustments and qualify to the quarterfinals.)
The Justice Boosters will battle against PDEA Drug Busters on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

The DOJ has a 1-2 win-loss standing, while PDEA has not won any of its three games in the season. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

Games Sunday (November 12)
Game 1: 2pm – DOH vs GSIS
Game 2: 3:30pm – PDEA vs DOJ
Game 3: 5pm – BFP vs AFP 
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

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GSIS claims first win; Senate stuns PNP in UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, November 6th, 2017

GSIS Furies’ Dennis Bunyi (#3) tries to evade the defense set by COA’s Raymond Villanueva (#8) and Arnold Gamboa (#22) during their game on November 5, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (CHARLIE MIÑON / PHOTOVILLE INTERNATIONAL)

The Furies claimed its first win in the season after toppling the COA Enablers 105–83 on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Arena.

The GSIS now has one game won and two games lost, while the Enablers has a 0-4 win-loss standing.

The Furies was led by Rene Boy Banzali who was hailed as the best player of the game.

WATCH:  GSIS Furies vs COA Enablers — Q1

In the Kamao-Food Masters faceoff: The Malacañang-PSC Kamao retains a clean slate after beating the DA Food Masters 91–78.

The Food Masters dominated the second and third quarters, but the Kamao intensified its offense in the last quarter and snatched the lead until the final buzzer of the game went off.

Kamao head coach Louie Gonzales admits a slow start had prevented them from controlling the game.

“Kailangan ko ma-address ang problemang iyan – ang slow start. I told them na, ‘Guys, remember finalist tayo last year tapos wala pa tayo talo this season. Sigurado ko, ang kalaban natin pag-apak pa lang sa court na iyan sobra ang respeto sa atin niyan. Now, kung hindi natin rerespetuhin iyan, ganyan lagi mangyayari. Magugulat tayo na malalamangan na lang tayo bigla… swerte pa kami sa ngayon dahil every time we decided to play, buti nakakalusot kami,” said Gonzales.

(I need to address that problem — slow start. I told them, “Guys, remember that we are a finalist last season. I am sure our opponent has so much respect for us. Now, if we will not regard that respect, it will always happen [slow start]. We will just be shocked by their big lead. We are quite lucky that everytime we decide to really play well, we win.)

On the other hand, Food Masters Coach Zaldy Realubit believes that his players should intensify their endurance, individually and collectively.

“Hindi ko alam kung ubos na kami, pagod na kami. Hindi na namin nagawa ang dapat namin gawin sa fourth quarter. So tingin ko more practice pa kami.”

(I don’t know if we’re just wasted and tired. We just couldn’t do what we need to do in the fourth quarter. So, I think we need to practice more.)

WATCH:  Malacañang-PSC vs DA — Q1

And in the Responders-Defenders battle: The PNP side suffered its first loss from the Senate Defenders last night.

Harley Ng and Jeffrey Sanders were hailed as the best players of the game after displaying superb performance to lead the Defenders to a 68–56 win.

Senate Defenders head coach Mike Fermin said, “Almost two weeks break kami for this game. So with that two-weeks break, siguro nakatatlo o apat na ensayo kami diyan. Pinagpreparahan talaga namin ito. So we worked on our offensive sets kasi ang depensa meron naman. Pero ang offensive sets namin, nagkakaroon kami ng problema — walang identity — nagkakanya-kanya kung minsan. So nag-devote kami ng much time doon.”

(We almost had two weeks break for this game. So with that two-week break, we had 3 or 4 practice sessions. We really prepared hard for this match with PNP. We worked hard on our offense; our defense is already okay. In our offensive sets, we had a problem — no identity — we play by ourselves sometimes. So we devoted much time to polish our offense.)

Meanwhile, PNP Coach Eric Samson considers practicing more to gear up for future games.

“One game at a time naman kami lagi nagpe-prepare. Against this, magiging isang way ito para mag-aral ulit kami kung ano gagawin sa game against the AFP kung sakali,” Coach Samson said.

(We always prepare one game at a time. [This game] against Senate, it will be a way for us to go back and study our plays again and how we can win in our next game that is with the AFP Cavaliers.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

WATCH:  Malacañang-PSC Kamao  maintains a clean record after beating the DA Food Masters

The Scores
GAME 1: 
GSIS Furies (105) — R. Banzali 21,  J. Abugan 18, D. Bunyi 14, T. Hernandez 13, A. Sunga 8, R. De Luna 7, F. Dorato, M. Nuyana 6, A. Cuevas 5, P. Dela Cuadra 4, M. Alfonso 3
COA Enablers (83) — A. Gamboa 22, J. Angel 12, R. Villanueva 12, W. Paquera 11, E. Ballesteros 8, R. Garin 7, A. Baguya 6, A. Florentino 2, P. Carpina 2, S. Sulay 1
Quarter Scores: 33-20,  58-32, 80-52, 105-83
GAME 2: 
Malacañang-PSC Kamao (91) — C. Luanzon 17, J. Besa 14, V. Javier 13, E. Dela Cuesta 13, J. Jimenez 10, G. Gadong 10, R. Abalos 5, I. Garrido 4, M. Ignario 4
DA Food Masters (78) — M. Martinez 25, C. Dematera 17, J. Comerciase 17, S. Silva 8, J. Torion 6, M. Mangrobang 3, R. Mangalindan 2
Quarter Scores: 22-21, 33-42, 61-63, 91-78
GAME 3: 
Senate Defenders (68) — J. Sanders 22, G. Sevilla 12, M. Legaspi 10, H. Ng 10, J. Mangaran 7, R. Balboa 4, C. Andaya 3
DA Food Masters (56) — A. Tolentino 15, O. Omiping 9, J. Cabahug 6, A. Yanquiling 5, J. Misola 5, R. Abaya 4, R. Cabrera 4, H. Sta. Cruz 3, R. Ongutan 3, C. Elopre 2
Quarter Scores: 11-17, 31-28, 51-47, 68-56

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