Senate commends Senate Defenders for winning UNTV Cup Season 6
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
(Left-Right) Senate Defenders’ Senator Sonny Angara, Sen. Joel Villanueva, Sen. Franklin Drilon and Sen. Migz Zubiri celebrate at the awarding ceremony being the champion of the 6th season of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup. Sen. Bam Aquino was also in the venue to support their team. (Marjhon Obsioma / Photoville Interanational)
MANILA, Philippines — At the plenary session on Tuesday, Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon proudly sponsored a resolution congratulating the Senate Defenders for bringing home the championship title in Monday night’s UNTV Cup Season 6 finals game against Malacañang-PSC Kamao.
“Mr. President, the UNTV Cup was conceptualized by Kuya Daniel Razon in 2012 as a charity basketball league dubbed as “Liga ng Mga Public Servants” to better serve the public thru sponsorship camaraderie and health competition sponsored by the Members of Church of God [International] (MCGI) headed by Bro. Eli Soriano,” said Drilon.
Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara expressed gratitude to their colleagues and employees of the Senate who supported them during the league.
“That four million cash price that we won last night will go straight to Tahanang Mapagpala, Kyth Foundation. These are cancer survivors and Pangarap Foundation,” said Villanueva.
“The fact that we defeated Malacañang Kamao shows that the principle of check and balances is very much alive, Mr. President,” said Angara.
“Lampaso po yung kalaban. This is not the close game,” said Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The team’s manager, Senator Ralph Recto even joked about Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s key player, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go by asking Sen. Drilon, “Would the gentleman know the reason why Mr. Bong Go is interested running for the Senate?”
To which Drilon quipped, “So he can join the Senate Defenders basketball team,” sending everyone in the room laughing.
All senators became co-sponsors of the resolution which was eventually approved by the plenary. — Nel Maribojoc | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018
Garri Sevilla (#33) was hailed as the Best Player with 18 points in the game between Senate Defenders and GSIS Furies on September 23, 2018 at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and NHA Builders kept their early edge in contrasting fashions at the UNTV Cup Season 7 match held last Sunday at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City.
The Senate remains on top of the Group-A after toppling the GSIS Furies, 78-51. The game’s best player, Garri Sevilla, led the defenders to victory with his 18-point finish.
Head coach Mike Fermin said their intensified maneuvers were inspired by a near upset in the hands of swift-footed PITC Global Traders in their September 3 match.
“Collective effort lang kasi from the last game namin, lousy defense kami so parang chinallenge namin yung players to play individual players, stopper para we will not make them easy basket,” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.
(It was a collective effort because in our last game, our defense was lousy, so we challenged the players individually so as not to give opponents some easy shots.)
“Importante ngayon na-realize namin is practice as a team,” GSIS Furies Coach Rene Boy said.
(What is important now is that we realize the importance of team practice.)
The NHA Builders also maintained their early Group B lead after routing the PhilHealth Plus, 103-100, to claim their second win.
Twin towers, Jessie Alastoy and Marvin Mercado, led the NHA by bucketing 13 and 19 points, respectively.
NHA head coach Bennet Palad attributes their victory to enhancing the team’s agility by observing their opponents moves.
“Malaki yung ginawa naming paghahanda. Alam ko quick ang team na ito, maliliit. So inaral namin yung lahat, yung safety, yung quickness nila,” NHA Builders Head Coach Bennett Palad said.
(We really prepared for this game because we know that Team PhilHealth is quick. So we studied everything: safety and their agility.)
The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, blames their second defeat to low energy and lack of able players.
“Una sa lahat marami tayong players na nasa injury kaya maraming wala. Pangalawa, naiwanan kami mababa yung energy namin noong first half but we made adjustments. Pero ang pinaka-critical dito siguro yung free-throw shootings , free-throw shootings namin masyadong mababa,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Dello Aseron II said.
(First of all, we have players who are injured. Secondly, we have low energy during the first half, but we made adjustments. But the most critical was our poor free throw shooting.)
The PNP Responders, meanwhile, snagged its first victory after clobbering PITC Global Traders in a heart-thundering game, 80–77.
PO2 Anton Tolentino’s buzzer-beater three-point shot thrown from beyond the court’s half served as the key to defeating the PITC. His 16-point finish earned him the best player of the game title.
“Well, yung depensa namin siguro lesson-learned kami against GSIS kaya naman kami nahabol kasi poor defense namin. Natuwa ako sa mga teammates ko hindi kami nag-give up, dumipensa. Sa palagay ko, yun talaga nagpanalo sa amin,” PNP Responders playing-coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.
(Maybe our defense during our game against GSIS was a lesson-learned. We lost then because of our poor defense. Now, in this game against PITC, I was happy with my team mates. We didn’t give up, we had good defense. I think that’s the reason why we won this time.)
“Part of the game eh, talagang breaks of the game kami natalo. I think we did better… nag-collapse noong first game pero this time naka-recover kami was down by 11 when it started. Noong first half medyo sabog kami, pero nakabalik naman yung mga boys. Along the way we will be better,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said.
(Losing is really part of the game. I think we did better… it may have collapsed during the first game [with Senate] but we recovered this time [with PNP]. We were down by 11 points when it started. We were a mess during the first half , but we were able to recover. Along the way we will be better.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018
FILE PHOTO: PhilHealth’s #23 Mark Eduard Pedroso trying to escape the triple-team defense in their game against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters when he contributed an impressive 29 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 1 steals to go with his fellow team leader Jonathan Aldave who put up 31 pts, 8 rebs, 2 ast, 1 stl and 2 blk. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)
Games on Sunday, September 23
2PM – NHA vs Philhealth
3:30PM – PITC vs PNP
5PM – GSIS vs Senate
Venue: GSIS Gymnasium
Address: GSIS Financial Center, Macapagal Avenue, Pasay City
Fresh from claiming their first victory against the two-time champion Judiciary Magis, the NHA Builders are now preparing for an upcoming match against the PhilHealth Plus in the ongoing elimination rounds of UNTV Cup Season 7.
The NHA basketball team is gunning for a second win as part of its aim to finish higher than last season’s fourth rank.
NHA Builders Head Coach Silverio ‘Bennett’ Palad III said they are now ramping up practices and tactics to boost the players’ stamina and chemistry, especially since they are set to clash with a team that also boasts of swift-footed players and skillful shooters.
“Hopefully, sana mag-continue yung camaraderie and yung ano ng mga bagong players maka-adjust doon sa mga dati kong players,” the NHA Builders coach said.
(Hopefully, we can continue the camaraderie and the integration of the news players to our team.)
“Marami [pa kaming adjustments na gagawin], kasi unang una yung mga shooting nila hindi pa naglalabasan, yung mga passing nila, pati yung defense, yung defense nade-delay pa masyado. Hindi sila nag-aadjust kaagad kaya nababagsakan ng tao sa ilalim. So madami pa kami ia-adjust sa kanila so hopefully makapasok kami sa championship,” Coach Palad added.
(We still have to do a lot of adjustments. Firstly, their shooting: sure shots are not consistent yet, their passing, their defense mostly are delayed that’s why we have allowed the opponents a lot of points in the paint. So, we still have to work out a lot of things. Hopefully, we can qualify for championship title this season.)
Team PhilHealth Plus is also adjusting its players’ techniques, refusing to get intimidated by NHA’s speed and power.
“Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust… nakita namin yung plus at minus ng team namin but we really have to help each other to get rebounding, we have to take advantage of our quickness and sa aming mga shooting we need to practice more,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron III said.
(Together with the coaching staff, we need to adjust…we saw the strengths and weaknesses of our team. But we really have to help each other to get rebounding. We have to take advantage of our quickness. And when it comes to our shooting, we need to practice more.)
PhilHealth has yet to record a win after suffering a defeat from their debut match with DA Food Masters last week.
The NHA and PhilHealth clash is the first of the three games slated on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
by UNTV News | Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
NHA Builders’ Jessie Alastoy (#16) and Marvin Mercado (#22) not willing to give Judiciary Magis’ main gunner Chester Tolomia (#29) an easy shot. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)
UNTV Cup Season 6 4th placer NHA Builders proved they are among the teams-to-beat after routing two-time champion Judiciary Magis, 73-68, in the charity tournament that is offering P4-million to the winning team’s chosen charity.
The NHA needed a decisive run mid-way through the payoff period to surprise the Judiciary in their match at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.
The heroic moves of Marvin Mercado and Alvin Vitug led the Builders to beat the Magis by bucketing 22 and 18 points, respectively.
NHA Builders’ Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad said, “Noong third quarter nakita nila hindi sila pwedeng mag-kanya kanya. So they worked as a team, they worked as a family.”
“Sa darating namin na ensayo mag-ha-hard practice pa rin kami, saka yung depensa rin medyo nawala rin noong bandang huli,” Judiciary Magis coach Joey Yabut said.
The AFP cavaliers, meanwhile, drew 26 points from former Letran star Boyet Bautista and waylaid the DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.
The AFP’s win put the Cavaliers in the same level with opening-day winner and defending champion Senate Defenders.
“Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy ngayon. Nadagdagan kami ng dalawang players, isang malaki saka isang medyo maliit. Basically, medyo bumata kami ngayon siguro makakasabay kami nang maayos ngayon,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.
Malacañang-PSC Kamao, meanwhile, dumped the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72, despite the 25-points bucketed by the latter’s reinforcement player, Luis Palaganas Jr.
Eric dela Cuesta was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.
Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said, “Sinabi ko naman sa players ko napaka-importante ng bawat game ngayon sa atin. Sana magtuloy-tuloy, siyempre nag-reready rin kami. One game at a time lang kami.”
“Kailangan lang namin talaga i-solid yung depensa namin, saka yung mga lokal namin kailangang mag-step up… saka si Bernzon Franco hindi sya 100 percent kaya walang katulong si [ Luis ] Palaganas,” Ombudsman Graft Busters Coach Ricky Alcantara said. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue.
GAME 1: AFP Cavaliers defeats DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.
Quarter Scores: 32-16, 54-34, 78-52, 109-87
AFP Cavaliers Box Scores: 109 B. Bautista 26, J. Lumongsod 16, W. Casulla 15, D. Cordero 14, R. Almerol 7, J. Quiambao 6, P. Fernadez 6, V. Evidor 5, A. Zuñiga 4, M. Mendoza 4, E. Rosopa 2, R. Pascual 2, R. Araneta 2 s DOJ Justice Boosters Box Scores: 87 E. Mabazza 19, J. Lopez 18, C. De Lucas 8, J. Villegas 8, L. Lagunzad 7, D. Rayos 7, R. De Viterbo 6, M. Moises 5, A. Vitero 4, C. Borile 3, I. Cabrido 2
GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeats Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72.
Quarter Scores: 28-15, 56-32, 80-52, 101-72
Malacañang-PSC Kamao Box Scores: 101 E. Dela Cuesta 14, V. Javier 14, N. Javier 11, J. Javier 11, I. Garrido 10, J. Besa 10, M. Ignario 9, J. Magadia 8, A. Catipon 5, M. Antonio 4, G. Gadong 3, R. Abalos 2
Ombudsman Graft Busters Box Scores: 72 L. Palaganas 25, R. Lumague 10, B. Franco 10, E. Escudero 6, W. Romero 4, E. Elmido 3, F. Palacio 3, F. Baldonado 3, A. Sanchez 2, C. Lasam 2, M. Veloso 2, E. Ojerio 2
GAME 3: NHA Builders defeat Judiciary Magis, 73-68.
Quarter Scores: 20-22, 34-34, 50-45, 73-68
NHA Builders Box Scores: 73 M. Mercado 22, A. Vitug 18, W. Tibay 10, A. Lustestica 8, J. Alastoy 8, A. Adolfo 3, S. Crisostomo 2, J. Dizon 2
Judiciary Magis Box Scores: 68 C. Tolomia 27, W. Ybañez 15, F. Salamat 6, V. Puno 5, E. Mustre 4, R. Malinao 4, J. Rabino 4, J. Serrano 2, R. Chua 1
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