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
AFP Cavaliers 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
NHA Builders 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
Senate Defenders 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
Malacañang-PSC Kamao 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
PNP Responders fortify its indomitable status following a sweeping victory in the elimination rounds of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face-off.
PNP dominated the games with 7 wins and zero losses after pounding its last opponent, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 97-90.
Best players, Police Superintendents Joel de Mesa and Anthony Padua bucketed combined 40 points to protect PNP’s top spot but Malacañang-PSC’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go gave explosive 46 points.
Go says they still gave their best though it’s a non-bearing game for the already-eliminated kamao team and only eight of their members were able to play.
“Talagang hinabol namin sila hanggang sa huling minuto, lumaban kami… puso ng Pilipino talaga… laban! Pero natutuwa naman ako nanalo mga kapulisan natin,” SAP Bong Go said.
(We really went after them and fought against them even at the last minute. Fighting is in the heart of the Filipinos. But I am happy for the victory of the PNP Responders.)
The Responders now holds the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs which is set to commence on Sunday, July 15.
Set to play against the PNP is the Senate Sentinels who landed in the fourth spot after suffering defeat against the now third-placer Judiciary Magis, 69-61.
Best players, Joey Yabut and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz registered combined 44 points with 22 rebounds, clobbering Senator Sonny Angara’s efforts to lift the Sentinels by bucketing 24 points and six rebounds with one assist and steal each.
“Alam nyo naman injured yung best player namin si Senator Joel, so naramdaman namin yung pagkawala nya… yung leadership, yung scoring, yung passing, yung threat sa offense, medyo naging predictable kami sa opensa. But no excuse magaling nilaro ng Judiciary.”
(You know that our best player, Senator Joel [Villanueva] is injured so we felt his absence. The leadership, the scoring, the passing, the threat in offense. So we might have been predictable in terms of offense but no excuses, the Judiciary played well.)
Sen. Joel Villanueva said, “Wala ako magawa kundi mag-cheer lang. But I’m positive next game sana makalaro na, daming injuries eh.”
(I can’t do anything save for cheering the team on. But I’m positive that in the next game, I will be able to play. I’ve got so many injuries.)
Based on the rules, top 3 Judiciary Magis will go against second placer Ombudsman Graft Busters who also hold twice to beat advantage.
The off-season playoffs will kick off at three in the afternoon in the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV New & Rescue
Together with Graft Investigation and Prosecution Office Armando Sanchez Jr (#23), Assistant Special Prosecutor III Jorge Espinal (#10) was hailed as the Best Players of the Game leading the Ombudsman Graft Busters with 36 points, 12 rebounds and 9 steals combined in defeating the Judiciary Magis by a point, 55-54. Ombudsman Graft Busters are now on the top 2 spot of the Executive Face Off. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)
Ombudsman Graft Busters claimed twice to beat advantage in the off-season playoffs after narrowly routing Judiciary Magis, 55-54, in a cardiac game on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The victory allowed the Ombudsman to keep its top two spot while Judiciary fell to the third place, sharing it with Senate Sentinels, which is currently holding 4-2 win-loss record.
Jorge Espinal and Armando Sanchez are the best players of the game, finishing combined 36 points to jack up score after key player, director Nikki Laure, was forced to step back during first quarter due to an injury.
Graft Busters Head Coach Ricky Alcantara said, “You know naman na si Director Nikki yung talagang bumubuhat sa opensa namin. So as I’ve said sa first half sabi ko wag nating sayangin ginawa ni Nikki. Let’s offer this game to him.”
(You know how Director Nikki is, he really lifts the team so as I’ve said, in the first half, I told the players let us not waste Nikki’s efforts, let’s offer this game to him.)
Meanwhile, off season reigning champion AFP Cavaliers finally claim its first win by ending GSIS Thunder Furies’ campaign in the league, 92-55.
LT COL Egverr Jonathan Abutin and LT COL Julius Cesar Paulo’s tandem lifted the AFP with 17 points, claiming best players title.
The Cavaliers has 1-5-win loss record and still has one elimination game to play.
DOJ Justice Boosters, on the other hand, crash out for the rest of the off season though they remain in high spirits.
Head Coach Noli Mejo explains they were able to defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao in their last elimination match, 85-81, before finally bidding farewell to the game.
DOJ Head Coach Noli Mejo said, “Instruction ko sa kanila is kailangan pa ring manalo dito sa last game (I told them we still need to win the last game).”
“Hindi ibig sabihin na hindi ka na mag qu-qualify hindi ka na maglalaro ng maayos, we have to give it our all,” acting Prosecutor General Richard Anthony Fadullon said.
(Not being able to qualify for the game doesn’t mean we should slack off. We have to give it our all.)
Atty. Nonilon Tagalicud and Atty. Charlie Guhit are the best players for bucketing respective 22 and 14 points.
Kamao’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, meanwhile drizzles with 41 points, including nine from the rainbow country.
SAP Bong Go said, “Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.”
(Congratulations po sa DOJ ang ganda ng laban at least palitan yung lamang pero breaks of the game napunta po sa kanila.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue
AFP Cavaliers (92) — R. De Luna 14, L. Casio 12, R. Manuel 10, J. Jaro 4, R. Abarintos 4, J. Defeo 3, B. Comor 2, R. Manila 2, V. Rengel 2, R. Curiba 2
GSIS Thunder Furies (55) — E. Abutin 17, J. Paulo 16, N. Mendez 11, G. Del Rosario 10, L. Caranto 9, W. Gonzales 9, K. Grajo 6, O. Vesliño 6, A. Divinagracia 4, V. Bayani 2, E. Talja 2
Quarter Scores: 25-14,42-32,66-42,92-55
Ombudsman Graft Busters (55) — A. Sanchez 20, J. Espinal 16, A. Atienza 9, R. Casal 6, A. Almojuela 2, R. Sadsad 2
Judiciary Magis (54) — J. Yabut 13, M. Tomacruz 11, W. Ramiterre 10, J. Marquez 8, I. Ramoso 3
Quarter Scores:10-8, 32-23, 47-37, 55-54
DOJ Justice Boosters (85) — N. Tagalicud 22, C. Guhit 14, J. Gernale 12, J. Gaurano 10, R. Fadullon 6, C. Garvida 6, R. Munsayac 5, R. Aguto 3, D. Africa 2, R. Ricamora 2, L. Taliping 2, R.Antero 1
Malacañang-PSC Kamao (81) — C. Go 41, M. Buena 20, I. Papera 6, N. Herico 4, G. Beljica 4, R. Sergio 4, S. Malbog 2
by UNTV News | Posted on Saturday, June 30th, 2018
(Left-Right) Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez of Judiciary Magis and Director Nikki Laure of Ombudsman Graft Busters (Photoville International)
Games on Sunday, July 1
2pm — GSIS vs AFP
3:30pm — Ombudsman vs Judiciary
5pm — DOJ vs Malacañang
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center
Judiciary Magis and Ombudsman Graft Busters are both gunning to maintain their top 2 spot to advance to the off-season playoffs.
But only one of them gets to keep the post to gain the twice to beat advantage in the playoffs, forcing the two teams to outdo each other in this Sunday’s second game at 3:30pm.
Ombudsman plans to use its run and gun game tactic against Judiciary which, in turn, will depend on its big men to outmaneuver the Graft Busters.
“Gagawin namin defense all the way. Medyo mabibilis yung mga guard nila doon kaya kailangan namin ma-stop mga yun… medyo may height advantage kami sa kanila. Nadiyan sila Atty. Jo, Dindo Sevilla, Joey Yabut, [Judge Manuel Gerard] Tomacruz and Judge Ian Ramoso,” Coach Warren Ybañez said.
(We will execute defense all the way, their guards are very fast so we need to stop them. We have the height advantage like Atty. Jo, Dindo Sevilla, Joey Yabut, , [Judge Manuel Gerard] Tomacruz and Judge Ian Ramoso.)
Meanwhile, GSIS Thunder Furies and AFP Cavaliers are set to clash in the first game at 2pm while the main game at 5pm will feature the Malacañang-PSC Kamao and the DOJ Justice Boosters.
Special Assistant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go vows to go all out to clinch their third straight victory.
“We will give out best shot on our last two games para sa team… sana maging maganda pa ang aming teamwork at sana patuloy ang swerte at tsamba ko,” SAP Bong Go said.
(We will give our best shot on our last two games for the team. I hope we will have better teamwork and to continue my lucky strikes and our winning streak.) — BERNARD DADIS |UNTV News & Rescue
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