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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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Crucial games on UNTV Cup Sunday, GSIS must win vs Malacañang-PSC

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, January 12th, 2018

GSIS Furies’ #14 James Patrick Abugan and #7 Rene Boy Banzali are expected to carry the team again in bouncing back from the loss against the Judiciary Magis. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)


Games on Sunday, January 14

Game 1: 2pm – GSIS vs Malacañang-PSC
Game 2: 3:30pm – Senate vs PDEA
Game 3: 5:00pm – NHA vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


Despite a loss from two-time champion Judiciary Magis last Sunday, January 7th, the GSIS Furies is confident ahead of a collision with Season 5 runner-up team Malacañang-PSC Kamao at 2:00 PM on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Coach Mike Saguigit said, “Even natalo kami rito (Judiciary Magis) yung moods sa dug out, maganda pa rin. They are still hoping, tatrabahuhin daw nila.”

(Even though we lost against the Judiciary Magis, the mood in the dugout was still good. They are still hoping, they will work even harder.)

The Furies now have a 5-3 win-loss standing, while the Kamao has 5 games won and 2 games lost.

For the Furies winning the match against the Palace’s hoopers is a must to be able to ease to the quarter-final round.

“Magde-determine yun sa Final 4 eh…. yung top four. Kumbaga, if we’re gonna win on that game, yung aming status sa top four medyo magiging solid,” Saguisit added.

(In the coming games, it will be the Final 4-defining games.  If we win against the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, we will have a solid standing in the bid to be included in the last 4 teams vying for the championship.)

Coach Myk Saguitguit’s side also awaits a hardcourt battle against the NHA Builders on January 21.

Of the eight remaining teams in the second round elimination, the seventh and eighth placers will exit the league this season.

Numbers one and two teams will automatically advance to the semifinal round both holding a twice-to-beat advantage, while numbers three to six will battle in the quarter-finals, with the third and fourth placers both possessing a twice-to-beat advantage. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

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NHA upsets Senate at UNTV Cup 6

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

The hailed Best Player of the Game Alvin Vitug led the NHA Builders with 35 points in defeating the Senate Defenders in overtime. (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup fans witnessed a thrilling overtime game as the NHA Builders demolished the Senate Defenders.

The Sanders-Legaspi led defenders dominated the first to third quarters of the ball game.

However, the Builders stepped up in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter with Alvin Vitug, Marvin Mercado and Antonio Lustestica showing what they’ve got.

NHA Head Coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad III said, “Actually, hindi bumigay yung mga players ko. Yung puso nila, nanduon na kahit na anong mangyari, kailangan nilang maglaro at kailangan nilang lumaban (Actually, my players did not give up. Their heart was in the game and that no matter what happened they had to play, they had to fight).”

NHA’s Alvin Vitug was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 35 points.

Meanwhile, UNTV Cup two-time champion Judiciary Magis squelched the GSIS Furies’ winning streak during Sunday’s double-header at the Olivarez gymnasium in Parañaque City.

Joey Yabut said, defense was a key to the Magis’ 90–81 victory.

“Ang depensa namin, sa zona. At least, gumanda ang depensa… eh, nagka-problema kami yung wingman namin foul trouble kaagad kaya yung mga number two namin naging ano na … sa ilalim na laro. Buti naman gumanda yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Assistant Coach Joey Yabut said.

(We employed zone defense. At least our defense worked. Our wingman went in foul trouble early in the game so our number 2 player took over the role inside the paint. Good thing that our defense became better.)

The Furies’ performance, on the other hand, was below par.

GSIS Coach Myk Saguiguit said, “Parang extended vacation pa rin yung game nila kanina… lagi kaming may lapses sa depensa, parang ang bagal ng reactions namin. Everytime nagsu-swing yung bola — sa wing meron kami rules eh — kaso ang bagal ng recovery kaya lagi sila nakaka-shoot sa labas.”

(It seems like our players were still in vacation mode. We had lapses in our defense, our reactions were slow. Everytime the ball swung…on the wings we have rules, but the recovery was too slow that is why the Judiciary Magis were able to shoot outside.)

Don “The Hammer” Camaso was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 19 points.

Only three weeks are left in the second-round elimination for the eight remaining teams to battle for the top six spots.

The top two teams will automatically ease to the semi-final round, while the quarter-finals will see the sixth to eighth placers.

The bottom two will exit the league this season. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Judiciary defeat GSIS, 90-81.

Quarter Scores: 21-20, 43-40, 66-65, 90-81

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 90
C. Tolomia 28, C. Camaso 19, J. Rabino 14, F. Salamat 10, W. Ybañez 8, H. Bergonio 6, V. Puno 5

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 81
J. Abugan 30, R. Banzali 26, A Cuevas 11, S. Tamayo 4, A. Sunga 4, T. Hernandez 3, D. Bunyi 3


GAME 2: NHA defeat Senate in overtime, 104-100.

Quarter Scores: 13-34, 39-50, 69-79, 97-97, 104-100

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 104
A. Vitug 35, A. Lustestica 19, J. Dizon 17, C. Santos 9, M. Mercado 8, S. Crisostomo 6, J. Alostoy 4, R. Tibay 4, W. Tibay 2

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 100
G. Sevilla 28, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 15, S. Marata 11, M. Legaspi 10, R. Balboa 9, R. Malaga 8, M. Omega 3


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Malacañang-PSC succumbs to AFP at UNTV Cup

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Malacañang-PSC’s 4th quarter fire power showcase was nullified as AFP still get away with a 2 point win. (Annievic Medilo‎ / Photoville International)

AFP Cavaliers survived the fourth quarter onslaught of the Malacañang-PSC Kamao with the final score of 73-71 during their game on December 19, 2017 at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao, Quezon City for the 2nd round elimination of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.

Pro-baller-turned-soldier Boyet Bautista displayed an all-around performance torching the hoop with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists together with Air Force man Jerry Lamungsod (17 pts, 2 rebs) who delivered the decisive basket with 7.7 seconds remaining in the clock.

While Joseph Besa (18 pts) led the Kamao with supports from Eric Dela Cuesta’s 15 points and Visnu Das Javier’s 11 points.

In the other game, the former MVP Olan Omiping sizzles for 7 three-pointers as PNP Responders breaks out from losing slump and fashion out a 95-87 win over PDEA Drug Busters.

Omiping tallied 28 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals as the policemen are eyeing a spot in the quarterfinal berth. While Japeth Cabahug piled up 13 points and Alejandro Yanquiling with 11 points.

On the other hand, Marlon Basco put up a 25-point performance with back up of 21 points each from Julius Perante and Rob Sanz.

These games will be telecast on December 31, 2017 at UNTV. — Ryan Pajaro

The Scores

GAME 1: PNP Responders defeat PDEA Drug Busters, 95-87.

Quarter Scores: 33-28,50-46,72-64, 95-87

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 95
O. Omiping 28, J. Cabahug 13, A. Yanquiling 11, A. Tolentino 9, J. Misola 9, J. Criste 8, H. Sta. Cruz 6, R. Abaya 6, R. Cabrera 2, J. Tacsay 2,

PDEA Drug Busters
Box Scores: 87
M. Basco 25, R. Sanz 21, J. Perante 21, B. Rizon 14, D. Dejarme 2, P. Cruz 2, M. Ballejos 2

GAME 2: AFP Cavaliers defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 73-71.

Quarter Scores: 17-14, 36-34, 57-47, 73-71

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 73
B. Bautista 20, J. Lumongsod 17, R. Almerol 13, W. Casulla 6, E. Tan 5, J. Quiambao 4, R. Pascual 4,
A. Zuñiga 2, P. Fernandez 2

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 71
J. Besa 18, E. Dela Cuesta 15, V. Javier 11, C. Luanzon 9, I. Garrido 8, J. Jimenez 3, G. Gadong 2, R. Abalos 2, M. Ignario 2, J. Magadia 1

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