PNP Responders capitalized on their tight defensive play and their hunger to bring back their championship form to beat the Judiciary Magis to stay alive on UNTV Cup Season 6. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Season 5 champion PNP Responders still holds the chance to defend the title as the cops overpowered the Judiciary Magis, 90-57 in the 2nd game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Anton Tolentino led the Responders as he bucketed 19 points, grabbed 7 boards, made 2 assists and 2 steals, which hailed him the best player of the game.
“Nag-usap-usap kami nitong before January. Mawawala na lamang ba ng ganoon ang paggiging champion namin? Talaga mula first quarter tinao namin yung guard, kasi yun yung nawala sa amin — yung depensa,” Tolentino said.
(We had a talk before January and asked ourselves, ‘Are we going to stop being champions just like that?’ Since the first quarter, we really employed tight defense because that is where we are lacking.)
With this victory, Coach Artemmio Marquez’s side eases to a 5-4 win loss standing.
“Nagkaroon ng sagot yung puspusan naming practice noong mga nakaraang araw, so nagpapasalamat ako kay Lord buti nanalo kami … yung buong team nabuhayan,” Coach Marquez said.
(Our hard practices before this game, really paid off. So, I thank the Lord for this win; our team was rejuvenated.)
The Responders are set to face Malacañang-PSC Kamao on January 28. In case the cops win the match, they will advance to the quarter-finals. if they fail, the GSIS Furies takes the slot instead.
In the other game, the National Housing Authority Builders’ hope for a slot in the semifinals lives on as the NHA hoopsters defeated the GSIS Furies, 99-88.
Season 4 Most Valuable Player Antonio Lustestica Jr. was hailed as the best player of the game as he rallied with 27 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block.
With the loss, the Furies drops to a 5-5 win-loss standing, while the Builders are in a comfortable spot with 7 games won and two games lost.
And in the main game, Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeated the Senate Defenders in a neck-and-neck battle, 63-59, and now holds a big chance to gain the twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinal round with seven games won and two games lost.
The Palace hoopsters’ strong defense limited Senate’s big men Jeffrey Sanders with only 8 points and Marlon Legaspi with only 4 points.
“Talagang tiwala lang sa mga players ko, dahil paglabas talaga namin sa dug out, nag-usap-usap sila na defense lang talaga para makuha namin itong game na ito,” Coach Raffy Gonzales narrated.
(It’s really about having trust in my players because the moment they came out of the dugout, they agreed that they need to play defense seriously in order to win this game.)
Christian Luanzon was named the best player of the game with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.
The Kamao’s next meeting with the PNP Responders is an anticipated do-or-die match for the cops. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: NHA Builders defeat GSIS Furies, 99-88.
Quarter Scores: 21-27, 56-49, 82-72, 99-88
NHA Builders Box Scores: 99 A. Lustestica 27, A. Vitug 17, J. Dizon 16, M. Mercado 13, W. Tibay 12, C. Santos 10, M. Ladia 2, S. Crisostomo 2
GSIS Furies Box Scores: 88 R. Banzali 33, J. Abugan 21, N. Nuyana 17, M. Beran 4, N. Cacatian 4, A. Sunga 4, M. Alfonso 3, D. Bunyi
GAME 2: PNP Responders defeat Judiciary Magis, 90-57.
Quarter Scores: 22-17, 36-36, 62-42, 90-57
PNP Responders Box Scores: 99 A. Tolentino 19, J. Cabahug 16, O. Omiping 14, J. Criste 9, R. Abaya 7, J. Misola 7, A. Yanquiling 7, R. Cabrera 6, H. Decena 2, H. Sta. Cruz 2, J. Tacsay 1
Judiciary Magis Box Scores: 57 C. Tolomia 11, C. Camaso 10, V. Puno 9, F. Salamat 9, W. Ybañez 6, H. Bergonio 4, J. Rabino 4, C. Roma 4
GAME 3: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeat Senate Defenders, 63-59.
Quarter Scores: 15-17, 28-30, 49-42, 63-59
Malacañang-PSC Kamao Box Scores: 63 C. Luanzon 14, J. Jimenez 13, E. Dela Cuesta 11, I. Garrido 7, J. Besa 7, G. Gadong 6, V. Javier 5,
Senate Defenders Box Scores: 59 R. Balboa 18, G. Sevilla 15, J. Sanders 8, J. Mangaran 7, H. Ng 5, M. Legaspi 4, M. Omega 2,
These are just some of the beneficiaries of UNTV Cup.
Since the league started in July 2013 and up to its seventh season, UNTV Cup has already donated a total of P50,250,000 cash prize to the beneficiaries of all the competing teams.
For the players from all the government agencies, it was never about the glory. They are prepared to give their all for their chosen charity.
“Punto for punto talagang masarap sa pakiramdam as a player na naglalaro, (As a player, each point feels fulfilling)”—Reneboy Banzali from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) Furies
“Naglalaro ka na nakakatulong pa tayo sa mga beneficiary natin. So enjoy lang kami, makatulong, (We are helping our beneficiaries by playing. So we are just enjoying)“—Malacañang Head Coach Raffy Ginzalez
“Nagpapasalamat nga kami sa kanila lalo na kay Brother Eli. Sa pamamagitan niya ang daming natutulungan, pati na iyong team namin. So nagiging instrument kami makatulong din sa ibang tao, (We are thankful to Brother Eli. Through him, we are helping a lot even our team. So we also become instruments to help others)“—National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders Head Coach Benett Palad
“Kami po, kasama lahat ng players and of course kasama ang management ng PhilHealth ay patuloy na sumusuporta sa magandang adhikain ni Brother Eli and ni Kuya Daniel na hindi lang ma-showcase iyong mga talento ng ating mga public servants kundi makatulong din sa ating mga beneficiaries, (On behalf of all the players and, of course, the PhilHealth management, we will continue to support the good advocacy of Brother Eli and Kuya Daniel of not just showing the talents of our public servants but also to help our beneficiaries)“—Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II
UNTV Cup is also helping former professional basketball players through the PBA Legends Foundation.
For the 8th season of UNTV Cup, over P10 million is allotted for the beneficiaries of the 12 competing teams.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
Despite the heavy rain, Michael de Guzman did not miss his chance to watch the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8 at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena on Monday (September 9).
Not only was he excited to watch the first match between the AFP Cavaliers and the PITC Global Traders, he was able to reactivate his membership with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHeath).
“Okay nga iyong pagkakataon na ito dahil na-enjoy ko na ang panonood, nakakuha pa ako ng kailangan ko sa Philhealth, (This is a good opportunity because I was able to enjoy the game and at the same time work on what I need from PhilHealth),” he said.
Different public service booths like the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-IBIG booth, and PhilHealth were available for everyone as part of the opening of UNTV Cup Season 8.
Meanwhile the whole family of basketball fan, Edgar Santiago, arrived at MOA around 3:00 p.m. which was four hours before the official opening of the series.
Edgar and his family have been supporting UNTV since season 1 and they never miss an opportunity to watch some of the games.
“Alam naman natin ang proceeds ay para sa mga soldiers, mga POW [prisoner of war], mga nasaktan, mga pamilya na hindi halos masuportahan ng ating gobyerno, (We know the proceeds will go to the soldiers, prisoners of war, injured individuals and families that our government can no longer support),” he said.
Fans never stopped cheering once the first match started.
“Ang saya-saya ng laban at tsaka ang galing-galing talaga ng AFP, (It’s really fun and the AFP is a good team)” according to one of AFP’s fans Whisky Villanueva.
Brother Eli Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon are grateful to God and the fans for their full support.
“Ito po ay patuloy naming gingawa sa tulong ng mga Members of the Church of GOD International kaya natutuwa kami na nakakatulong kami one way or the other even without lifting a finger (We continue to do this with the help of the Members of the Church of GOD International so we are happy to help in one way or the other without lifting a finger),” according to Brother Eli.
“Ang satin lang po alam natin ang dahilan kung bakit tayo nandito, ang gusto natin una sa lahat ay makatulong sa ating mga kapuwa tao na nangangailangan, (We know why we are here. First of all, we want to help our fellowmen in need)” Kuya Daniel said.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)
MANILA, Philippines — Fans went wild at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Monday (July 8) as the Milkmen served the Beermen their first taste of defeat at the conclusion of UNTV Cup Off PBA Legends off-season games.
Even the Legends themselves were amazed to feel their old aggressive self coming back to life just like the good old days as they hit the hardcourt.
“Believe it or not, iyong intensity noong nasa dulo (the intensity through the end of the game) it felt like the 90s again,” exclaimed Alaska’s Jojo “Mr. Clutchman” Lastimosa.
“So it was just like going back in time for the times. We were here 20 years ago, 25 years ago, the feeling was the same although a bit slower but the competition was there, the intensity was there,” he said.
“Sa totoo lang na-miss ko din talaga (Honestly, I missed [playing] so much),” said Kiko Adriano of San Miguel.
“The last time I played siguro 2008. Ito talaga ang ano ng player, iyong pride (This is the pride of a player) although medyo lack kami duon sa players pero up to the last na oras talagang laban pa rin (though we lack players but up to the last hour we continued fighting),” he said.
Basketball fans couldn’t sit still as they watch and shout to the breathtaking exchanges of double and triple shots, minute after minute of the game.
Indeed, a classic match they missed for decades.
Marlon Pangan is from a family of Ginebra die-hard fans. He made sure to witness the comeback of his idol Bal David into the hardcourt as he flaunted an old jersey of David like it was his ‘lucky charm.’
“Since 1994, inabutan ko talaga yung kalakasan nila (Since 1994, I’ve seen them when they were at the peak of their career) – Bal David, Marlo Aquino, Noli Locsin. Natutuwa ako kasi nandito kami. Hanggang ngayon, sinusuportahan pa rin namin mga games nila (I am happy that until now, we’re still here, supporting their games),” he said.
Alaska supporter Jeon Yantada goes all-out for his idol Willie “The Thriller” Miller.
“Parang bumagal na siya lumaki na pero yung tira niya sa labas parang (Stephen) Curry. Hindi naman nagbabago (He seemed to have slowed down a bit but his shots were like Stephen Curry’s. Nothing changed),” the Alaska die-hard fan said.
“Nanonood ako ng PBA kapag may San Miguel fight lang. Nag-cheer ako even pumusta ko sa kanila (I watch PBA only when San Miguel fights. I cheered for them and even placed a bet on them),” said Allan Bernales of his favorite team San Miguel.
It was an intense one hour inside the Big Dome as Alaska Aces hit the hardcourt with a vengeance against the strong San Miguel Beermen who defeated them in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game with only seven points, 96-83.
The Beermen started strong in the first quarter, leading the ball game with two points, 21-19.
But the Milkmen was also up for the win and led the second quarter with a three-point advantage, 37-34, thanks to Willie “the Thriller” Miller’s 10 points contribution.
San Miguel again dominated the third quarter with an 8-point lead after Chris Calaguio fired four three-point shots, 60-52.
At the beginning of the fourth quarter, the “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos displayed his ‘deadly crossover moves’, pushing Alaska closer to lead, 70-68.
There was non-stop intensity as John Ferriols added a free throw and Eddie Laure jumped for two.
The Milkmen finally scored ahead of the Beermen, 71-70 as both teams went neck and neck, scoring tied twice at 71 and 72.
At the final one minute and 42 seconds, the Beermen had the chance to win the game when Kiko Adriano stole the ball and attempted a shot but missed.
At 1:03, Miller fired a three-point shot but Allan Caidic couldn’t just watch so “the Triggerman” delivered his ‘shooting touch’ of three, bringing the score to a third tie at 75.
The last 46 seconds of the ball game brought out the best of both teams.
Abarrientos ended the showdown with a final lay up during the remaining 12 seconds, securing Alaska’s championship title, 77-75, while fans singing “Wala pa ring tatalo sa Alaska!” (Nothing can beat Alaska!)
Battle for 3rd: Ginebra vs. Purefoods
Crowd-favorite Ginebra and Purefoods battle for the third place prior to the championship game.
The Gin Kings toppled the Hotdogs in February during the Return of the Rivals benefit game, 97-89.
But it was a complete turn-around as the Hotdogs emerged victorious after defeating the Gin Kings and secured the third spot in the PBA Legends Face Off, 98-75.
Six players from Purefoods contributed double-digit scores – Roger Yap (20); Alvin Patrimonio (16); Tony Boy Espinosa (14); Glenn Capacio (13); Dwight Lago (10) and Jerry Codinera (10).
Meanwhile, leading Ginebra with high scores were Bennett Palad (16); Mike Orquillas (14); and Bal David (11).
The Legends have nothing but praises to the one-of-a-kind charity basketball game organized by UNTV president and CEO Kuya Daniel Razon in cooperation with the PBA Legends Foundation chaired by former Crispa star Atoy Co.
“Congratulations to everybody. Siyempre giving back to the fans din ito, (Of course, this is also giving back to the fans,)” exclaimed Alvin ‘the Captain’ Patrimonio.
“Natutuwa ako sa mga fans kasi grabe yung cheers nila sa amin (I’m amazed with the way the fans cheered for us, so lively),“ he said.
“Congratulations to UNTV for making this event possible. We were very, very thankful hindi lang doon sa mga Legends na naglalaro kundi sa purpose nito (not only to the Legends who played but for the purpose of this game) – to help the Legends,” thanked Purefoods Bong ‘The Raven’ Ravena.
“Aside for the win this is for all the fans. Makabalik man lang kami sa kanila kahit maliit na kasayahan. Malaking bagay sa amin iyon (To give back to them and to be able to make them happy, that means a lot to us),” he added.
“Sana tuloy-tuloy pa at marami pang (ganitong) event (I hope for more of this event in the future). Thank you and all the best. More power Kuya Daniel and sa UNTV,” concluded Ginebra’s Bal ‘The Flash’ David.
The host UNTV has given the four teams P2-M which they donated to the PBA Legends Foundation. – with details from Bernard Dadis
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