Senate Defenders’ #3 Sen. Joel Villanueva tries to avoid the blocking attempt of Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s #11 Visnu Das Javier . Senate’s balance offense and defense strategies worked as they did not let the Malacañang-PSC Kamao take a lead all through out the game. (James Espiritu / Photoville International)
Senate Defenders is just one win away from getting the championship trophy since winning the first game in the best of three series of the UNTV Cup season 6 finals last Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Defenders piled up huge lead as much as over 20 points against the Kamao with 77-62 at the final buzzer.
Senate’s team defense has crippled the Malacañang-PSC offensively for most of the ball game.
Jeffry Sanders was hailed as the best player of the game with 13 points, 3 rebounds, 3 blocks and 1 steal.
Senate Defenders’ Head Coach Mike Fermin said, “[Our win] was a collective effort specially on the defensive side. So, credit goes to the players, they played well, they executed the plan properly.”
While Senator Sonny Angara added, “Pasalamat kami sa Senate fans, we had a good game dahil dala din kami noong energy ng crowd. Congrats to our coach, to our players. Magaling din yung nilaro ng kabila.”
(We thank the Senate fans, we had a good game because the energy of the crowd boosted us. Congratulations also to our coach, to our players. The other team also played good.)
Senator Joel Villanueva also expressed, “I have to give it to my team mates, to the entire team, sa coaching staff namin talagang lahat nagsasakripisyo, lahat more than willing to walk etxra mile para makuha itong victory na ito.”
(I have to give credit to my teammates, to the entire team, to our coaching staff. They really sacrificed. All are more than willing to walk the extra mile to get this victory.)
Present on the venue to support the Team Senate, were the staff, the beneficiaries and the minority floor leader Senator Franklin Drilon.
“Ako po’y narito para sumuporta sa UNTV at sa mga teams at lalo na po sa ating mga beneficiaries, congratulations po,” the senator stated.
(I am here to support UNTV [Cup] and all the teams and most specially to the beneficiaries, congratulations po.)
Meanwhile on the battle for 3rd, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the NHA Builders, 85-84.
On the first half of the ball game, the Cavaliers just lead by 3 points, 44-41.
But the men in uniform exploded in the 3rd quarter, 74-55.
The Builders counter attacked in the last quarter to close the gap to just 1 point down to the final buzzer with a final three-point shot from Alvin Vitug.
NHA Head Coach Silverio Palad III said, “Medyo kinapos, lumamang sila disinueve, hinabol namin… yung intensity nawala kasi kaya lumubo.. so noong nagkroon na ng intensity wala na eh naubusan ng oras.”
(We fell short, the AFP was able to lead by 19 points so we tried to catch up… we lost our intensity that’s why the lead bloated… but when we gained intensity, we ran out of time.)
Pro-baller-turned soldier, Boyet Bautista was hailed as the best player of the game with 12 points, 4 steals, 1 rebound and 1 assist.
Baustista said, “Napakaganda pa rin yung natapos namin nanalo kami. Then, maganda pa rin nakapagbigay kami ng magandang regalo sa benificiaries namin.”
(It’s good that we got to end the season with a win. Then, it’s also good that we can donate our cash prize to our beneficiary.)
The Cavaliers received P1,000,000 for their chosen beneficiary AFP – Educational Benefit System Office and P200,000 for the team.
The Builders, on the other hand, received P500,000 for NHA Provident Fund Association and P100,000 for the team.
The game 2 of the best of 3 finals series will be held on May 12, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Should the Senate Defenders win again, they would get the top prize of P4,000,000 for their beneficiaries and P500,000 for the team, while Malacañang-PSC Kamao would receive P2,000,000 for their beneficiaries and P300,000 for the team.
All prizes are tax-free.
But should the Kamao win, they will force a do-or-die Game 3 on May 19, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: AFP defeat NHA, 85-84
Quarter Scores: 14-18, 44-41, 74-55, 85-84
Box Scores: 85
W. Sergio 15, J. Quiambao 13, B. Bautista 12, W. Casulla 12, R. Araneta 11, R. Almerol 8, J. Lumongsod 7, R. Pascual 7
Box Scores: 84
A. Vitug 28, M. Mercado 16, W. Tibay 10, A. Lustestica 8, J. Dizon 8, A. Adolfo 6, J. Alastoy 5, S. Crisostomo 3
GAME 2: Senate defeat Malacañang-PSC,77-62.
Quarter Scores: 22-12, 37-24, 56-33, 77-62
Box Scores: 77
G. Sevilla 15, J. Sanders 13, J. Mangaran 9, E. Villanueva 8, R. Balboa 6, H. Ng 6, R. Malaga 5, M. Omega 3, M. Legaspi 3, J. Angara 2, R. Golding 2, C. Andaya 1
Box Scores: 62
C. Luanzon 21, V. Javier 10, E. Dela Cuesta 8, I. Garrido 7, M. Ignario 7, J. Magadia 5, G. Gadong 3, J. Besa 1
by UNTV News | Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2018
Chester Tolomia carried the Judiciary Magis team to tarnish the clean slate of AFP Cavaliers this season. (Prince Marquez / Photoville International)
Chester Tolomia and Frederick Salamat fired 5 three points each to lead the Judiciary Magis to victory against the AFP Cavaliers 95-93.
The hailed Best Player of the Game, Chester Tolomia, poured a total of 37 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal; while Frederick Salamat helped with 19 points.
This is the first time the AFP Cavaliers lost this season, nevertheless, they are still on top of the ranks with 6-1 win-loss record while the Magis is on the 8th spot on the brink of elimination having a 3-5 win-loss standing.
Meanwhile, Season 5 champion, PNP Responders, continue to climb in the ranking after defeating the NHA Builders, 102-93.
The Sniper, Ollan Omiping, fired 35 points with 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals to be named as the Best Player of the Game together with Richard Villanueva who produced 14 points.
Though the NHA had the lead at the end of the 3rd period, the Builders were outscored by the policemen in the final period with 31 points compared to just 21.
Villanueva’s 2 crucial three-pointers were vital in turning the game in their favor.
Responders rose to 2nd place in ranking with 6-2 win-loss record while the Builders are on 4th place with 4-3 record.
In the 3rd game, defending champion, Senate Defenders, overpowered the DA Food Masters, 84-76.
Best Players of the Game were Garri Sevilla and Harly Ng for their combined 44 points.
This win is crucial for the Senate team to be able to continue to the next round of the league and be able to defend their championship title because they are now in the 6th place.
According to the rules of the league, the bottom 2 teams which are in the 7th and 8th place will be eliminated. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018
Judiciary Magis’ Chester Tolomia tries to block the shot of PO1 Rollie Serrano during their game on November 25, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Jepoy Pasig / Photoville International)
The PNP Responders climbed up another rung in standings after routing the Judiciary Magis, 69-61, in a heart-thundering match on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Two-time MVP Ollan ‘The Sniper’ Omiping and Season 5 best defensive player Harold Sta. Cruz led the PNP to victory by bucketing combined 19 points and 14 rebounds. Omiping and Sta. Cruz were hailed the Best Players of the Game.
“Gaya ng panalo namin dati, yung depensa pa rin namin. Hindi kami nag-give up hanggang sa huli kahit na pagod na kami yung composure ng bawat isa sa amin,” PNP Responders playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.
(Like in our last win, it’s still our defense [that took us to victory]. We didn’t give up until the end. Even though we were already tired, our composure was still there.)
“Alam naman natin kapag wala sa condition ang team doon lumalabas sa end game kaya siguro nag-collapse na yung team,” Judiciary Magis Head Coach Joey Yabut said.
(We all know that if the team is not in proper condition, it collapses at the end game.)
The latest victory puts the PNP in third rank while the Judiciary languishes at the bottom of the standings.
Meanwhile, season 6 champion Senate Defenders is down to sixth place after absorbing another defeat, this time, in the hands of the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 75-66.
The Defenders fell short in pushing their defense and offense plays against Kamao’s insistent presses to protect their second spot in the ongoing elimination rounds.
“Una, gigil na gigil so I told sa boys na huwag nating tingnan yung scores tingnan lang natin yung sistema natin makukuha rin natin yung offense, dahan dahan lang talaga,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said.
(Firstly, the boys were frustrated, so I told them not to look at the score, just look at our system, we will recover slowly.)
“We are having trouble breaking their press. We were making lousy passes. That was the turning point of the game, when they have the confidence na i-trap kami doon na nagtuloy-tuloy [ to trap us, it’s when we start to lose],” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.
Rookie team, PITC Global Traders, on the other hand, claimed their fourth straight win after clobbering the Department of Agriculture Food Masters, 88-62.
Haddi Porto and Aloysius Taplah were named the Best Players of the Game after contributing 26 and 16 points, respectively.
PITC Head Coach Victor Ycasiano attributes their successive victories to good teamwork and training which they intensified after absorbing three consecutive defeats at the start of the season.
“Ang key talaga doon sa panalo namin yung hardwork lang. Yung practice nakukuha na nila. Dahan-dahan nandoon na kami, yung gusto naming mangyari sa team,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said.
(The key to our victory is hard work. They are now getting the hang of practicing. Slowly, we are now achieving what we want for the team.)
“Mas handa si PITC sa larong ito… hindi kami nabuo sa… hindi kami nakapaghanda kung ano game plan namin today,” DA Food Masters Head Coach Zaldy Realubit said.
(PITC came more prepared than us. We failed to prepare for this game during our practice sessions.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: PITC defeats Agriculture, 88-62.
Quarter Scores: 18-14, 40-36, 69-52, 88-62
PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 88
H. Porto 26, R. Vasallo 19, A. Taplah 16, M. Macabasco 7, R. Regalado 5, D. Almarinez 4, M. Gecale 4, M. Juan 3, R. Barbers 2, L. Lopez 2
Agriculture Food Masters
Box Scores: 62
H. Fernandez 20, J. Comerciase 11, S. Silva 10, C. Dematera 5, B. Mastelero 4, A. Cachero 4, M. Manigo 3, E. Oreta 3, M. Mangrobang 2
Best Players of the Game: Haddi Porto (26 pts, 11 rebs, 1 stl, 1 blk) and Aloysius Taplah (16 pts, 1 reb, 3 asts, 2 stls)
GAME 2: PNP defeats Judiciary, 69-61.
Quarter Scores: 21-18, 40-33, 55-47, 69-61
Box Scores: 69
O. Omiping 17, J. Criste, J. Cabahug 8, J. Misola 6, R. Serrano 5, R. Cabrera 5, H. Decena 4, R. Villanueva 4, A. Tolentino 3, R. Abaya 2, H. Sta. Cruz 2
Box Scores: 61
C. Tolomia 17, C. Roma 8, F. Salamat 7, J. Rabino 7, C. Camaso 6, R. Malinao 6, J. Yabut 4, H. Bergonio 3, V. Puno 2, R. Tinonjua 1
Best Players of the Game: Ollan Omiping (17 pts, 7 rebs, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk) and Harold Sta. Cruz (2 pts, 7 rebs, 2 asts, 1 stl, 1 blk)
GAME 3: Malacañang-PSC defeats Senate, 75-66.
Quarter Scores: 3-23, 28-30, 59-46, 75-66
Box Scores: 75
E. Dela Cuesta 22, M. Ignario 15, V. Javier 10, N. Javier 8, J. Besa 7, I. Garrido 5, J. Jimenez 4, M. Antonio 4
Box Scores: 66
G. Sevilla 18, M. Legaspi 11, R. Balboa 10, J. Mangaran 7, J. Angara 6, R. Malaga 5, J. Sanders 5, S. Marata 4
Best Players of the Game: Eric Dela Cuesta (22 pts, 4 rebs, 6 stls) and Michael Ignario (15 pts)
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