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
Witness three-time runner up Malacañang-PSC Kamao go against two-time champion Judiciary Magis on Sunday (September 22).
PhilHealth Plus will banner its five new players in the 8th season of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
According to Coach Delio Aseron, their team had played in various leagues during the off season as part of preparation.
“Ang paghahanda na ginawa natin we participated doon sa Government Corporations Athletic Association o GCAA kung saan nag champion po sa open ang PhilHealth for five years na and nanalo po kami sa seniors first time,” Coach Delio Aseron said.
(Part of our preparation was our participation at the GCAA or Government Corporation Athletic Association where PhilHealth was the champion for five years already in the open category and first-time champion in senior’s category.)
PhilHealth’s first game of the season will be against the defending champion, AFP Cavaliers in the second game of the triple-header on Sunday, 3PM at Pasig City Sports Center.
“Expect niyo po PhilHealth lalaban kahit maliit kami… hopefully we utilize our speed para exciting games,” Coach Aseron added.
(Expect PhilHealth to fight despite of our small line up… hopefully we’ll be able to utilize our speed to make the games exciting.)
Meanwhile, three-time runner up Malacañang-PSC Kamao will field two new players in their game against Judiciary Magis for the main game on Sunday, 5PM.
Kamao’s new players are Jeffrey Punzalan, 5’7 and Joseph Antolin Roque, 6’1.
According to MAL-PSC Coach Raffy Gonzales, they will not be complacent this season because they know that all the teams have upgraded their respective rosters. They promise to give all their best to repeat a finals appearance.
Coach Raffy Gonzales said, “Maganda naman pagkapasok nila dahil unang-una si Punzalan nag lalaro ng 1 and 2 [positions], yung Roque ganoon din 1,2,3 [positions] nilalaro.”
(Their addition is just fitting to our team, firstly, Jeffrey Punzalan plays position 1 and 2 and Joseph Roque plays 1,2 and 3.)
In the other court, expect a faster Judiciary Magis at UNTV Cup Season 8 according to head coach Joey Yabut following their acquisition of two new players.
“Expect niyo na takbuhan kami ngayon saka siguro gaganda na yung denepsa namin dahil may dalawa kaming player na bago. Mukhang defensive din hindi lang scorer eh,” Coach Yabut said.
(Expect us to be running this season and also expect us to be more defensive because of our new players.)
Joey Yabut also added that they will fight toe-to-toe despite facing other teams’ big men.
“Naging problema namin yung depensa, yung isa kasi namin bigman makatutulong sya ngayon sa ilalim…pwede rin siyang mabigyan sa ilalim dahil marunon siyang gumalaw. Yung isa naman defensive player. Yun naman yung mukhang kapalit ni John Hall,” Coach Joey Yabut said.
(Defense was our problem before but one of our big men can be a reliable force inside the paint. The other player is a defensive player who can possibly replace the vacuum left by our former player John Hall.)
Prior to these match ups is the opening game at 2pm between the Agriculture Food Masters and Ombudsman Graft Busters. — Bernard Dadis
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)
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