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UNTV Cup 5 teams donate more than P 8-M for charity

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Bato Dela Rosa (center) recieves from public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon the P4,000,000 tax-free prize donation for their chosen beneficiary after the PNP Responders defeated the Malacanang Kamao in the Best of Three finals of the UNTV Cup Season 5 on March 21, 2017 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, the last game of the UNTV Cup Season 5 concluded at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City.

PNP Responders defeated the Malacañang Kamao in full control to claim the championship title with score 68-55.

With this victory, the policemen led by PNP Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, who personally watched the game, ended the 4 season–title drought and received the P4-M tax-free prize for their chosen beneficiary, Samahang Masang Pilipino International Foundation Incorporated.

While the 2nd placer Malacañang Kamao got P2-M tax-free prize for the cancer patients in Philippine Children Medical Center and the Millennium Sports Support System Association Incorporated.

These top 2 prizes are just a fraction of the total amount of donation prizes (P2,700,000) already given to the rest of the UNTV Cup participating teams for their chosen beneficiaries.

UNTV Cup, the league of public servants, as conceptualized by public service advocate Kuya Daniel Razon aims to promote camaraderie, brotherhood and sportsmanship among the participating government agencies with an aspect of public service through basketball.

Over the years, it has evolved into a more dynamic and exciting tournament giving the participants to play basketball alongside with their idolized professional players and the amount of money given for their chosen charities has tremendously increased with the augmentation from Bro. Eli Soriano from Members Church of God International.

This season, another P1.1-M was added to the prize for the Final 4 teams’ discretion: P500,000 (champion) P300,000 (2nd placer) P200,000 (3rd placer), P100,000 (4th placer).

PNP Chief Ronal Dela Rosa gave appreciation for the league, “From the bottom of my heart, nagpapasalamat ako, in behalf of the PNP, itong pagkakataon na ito na ibinigay sa amin para maipakita ng ating mga kapulisan ang kanilang abilidad iyong kanilang skills sa larangan ng basketball.”

“Kay Kuya Daniel, sagad-sagad na ang pasasalamat natin andami na niyang naibigay na tulong sa amin. Sobra-sobra na po, kaya sana tuloy-tuloy iyong swerte, iyong blessings ni Lord sa kaniya, sa UNTV.”

(From the bottom of my heart I am thankful, in behalf of the PNP, for this opportunity given us for the police to show their basketball skills. To Kuya Daniel, I am exceedingly thankful. You have given a lot of help to us. May the Lord continue blessing you and UNTV.)

Despite the loss, Malacañang Kamao is also thankful for being a part of the charitable basketball league on Philippine TV.

Chairman, Games and Amusement Board and Malacañang Kamao player Abraham Mitra expressed, “We want to take this opportunity to thank you and for bringing us together with our co-workers in the government. Thank you for a very organized league. We hope and pray for the success of the league and for the success and, of course, to serve our people.”

Meanwhile, an off-season mini-tournament will start by the month of May wherein the top officials / executives will play this time.

This will be participated by Senate, BOC, Judiciary, AFP and PNP.

According to UNTV Cup Commissioner Fortunato “Atoy” Co these five teams are those who met the requirements: 40 years old and above, all-executive roster etc.

As preview for the UNTV Cup Season 6, President / CEO of BMPI Kuya Daniel Razon expressed optimism as fans can expect more action-packed games to come and more charities will benefit for there will be new teams and bigger prizes.

“From the start ng ating liga na ito, paangat nang paangat. So, we cannot expect for less. With God’s help ay talagang pataas ng pataas yung level nitong ating nagiging laban dito sa ating UNTV Cup. Siguro by the time na nag Season 6 tayo, after ng off season natin, ay talagang mas ibibigay pa ng iba’t-ibang mga teams, yung kanilang best.”

(From the start, UNTV Cup is getting higher and higher. So, we cannot expect for less. With God’s help, the level of competitiveness at UNTV Cup is elevating. Maybe we can expect in Season 6 all the participating teams will give more their best.)

— with reports from Bernard Dadis, Mon Jocson, Aiko Miguel and Joan Nano / UNTV News

The Scores:

QUARTER SCORES — 16-13, 36-35, 51-42, 68-55

PNP Responders

Box Scores: 68 — O. Omiping 22, H. Sta. Cruz 12, J. Jamisola 11, A. Yanquiling 10, J. Cabahug 7, A. Tolentino 2, J. Criste 2, R. Abaya 2, A. Tolentino 2, A. Bayabao 0, C. Elopre 0, R. Cabrera 0, R. Ongutan 0.

Malacanang Kamao

Box Scores: 55 – C. Luanzon 14, I. Garrido 12, E. Dela Cuesta 7, J. Besa 7, V. Javier 6, M. Ignario 5, N. Javier 2, R. Abalos 2, P. Yamamoto 0, G. Gadong 0, J. Jimenez 0

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Malacañang-PSC, Senate force do-or-die semifinal matches

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

The tough defense employed by the Malacañang-PSC to the NHA Builders was a big factor to force a game 2 in the semifinals as the main men of the Builders were partially shut down in the final quarter. (Ruby Vercide / Photoville International)

MANILA, Philippines — In the Kamao-Builders match, first-time semi-finalist NHA Builders dominated the first to third quarters and kept Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the run.

But the Season 5 runner-up team did not lose heart and battled hard stealing the lead in the first three minutes of the last quarter, 63-62.

With the red shirt’s tough offense, the NHA was locked with only four points in the fifth minute of the quarter, and Kamao’s lead rose to nine points, 64-73.

But the Builders did not allow this turn of events, with Marvin Ladia and Alvin Vitug firing successive three’s to tie the score at 76-all.

And the buzzer went off to mark an overtime.

With several key players from both sides put out of the court, NHA’s Antonio Lustestica Jr and Marvin Mercado and Kamao’s Eric Dela Cuesta the ball game got even more intense.

Palace ballers Ian Garrido and Christian Luanzon were also fouled out early in the overtime period.

But Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gonzales remained confident his team could make it through.

“Nandoon pa rin talaga ang bawat isa, sa sistema namin at ang puso nila, hindi talaga sila bumitaw hanggang sa huli,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(Everybody was still sticking on our system, their heart, they really did not give up until the end.)

Narayan Das Javier led the Kamao to the overtime with 19 points, including two from beyond the arc, three rebounds, two assists and two steals.

“Hindi kami naglalaro para sa pangalan namin sa likod, kundi sa charity namin, yung mga batang may cancer,” Javier said.

(We don’t just play for the name on our backs. We play for our chosen charity, the children with cancer.)

And in the Defenders-Cavaliers battle, the Senate team surprised the two-time champion AFP Cavaliers early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 14-point lead, 29-15.

The Defenders maintained a double-digit lead until the final quarter of the match through a run-and-gun offense.

The Senate also hustled on their defense and prevented the soldiers’ main gunners from making shots.

Jeffrey Sanders and Garri Sevilla led the Defenders to the 74-64 win.

Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said: “Credit goes to the players. Maganda ang preparation namin going to this game. Maganda ang outcome ng attendance namin. Sina Senator Sonny and Senator Joel, and ang ibang executives namin, maganda participation sa practices. Very vocal sila. Ang ganda, ang sarap mag-ensayo kapag ganoon. Magaan ang pakiramdam ng mga bata going to this game.”

(Credit goes to the players. We had a good preparation going to this game. Our attendance had a good outcome. Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva along with other Senate officials participated well during our practices. They were very vocal. It’s nice to practice with that environment. Our players feel good going to this game.)

With the Kamao’s and Defenders’ wins, the four teams will meet again on Sunday for the deciding games on who will win the slots to the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. —Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

THE SCORES

GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC defeat NHA in overtime, 86-82.

Quarter Scores: 20-28, 32-45, 52-60, 76-76, 86-82

Malacañang-PSC Kamao (86) — N.Javier 19, V. Javier 18, E. Dela Questa 9, J. Jimenez 9, J. Besa 9, R. Abalos 8, I. Garrido 6, C. Luanzon 4, G. Gadong 2, M. Ignario 2

NHA Builders (82) — A. Vitug 24, W. Tibay 17, A. Lustestica 11, M. Mercado 8, J. Alastoy 8, J. Dizon 7, M. Ladia 6, A. Palad 1

GAME 2: Senate defeat AFP, 74-64.

Quarter Scores: 29-15, 51-31, 67-45, 74-64

Senate Defenders (74) — G. Sevilla 14, M. Legaspi 13, J. Sanders 11, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, H. Ng 6, M. Malaga 5, E. Villanueva 5, C. Andaya 3

AFP Cavaliers (64) — R. Almerol 15, J. Lumongsod 13, B. Bautista 12, W. Sergio 7, J. Quiambao 6, R. Araneta 6, W. Casulla 5

 

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UNTV Cup Semifinals kick off

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, February 9th, 2018

UNTV Cup Final 4

MANILA, Philippines — The UNTV Cup Season 6 semifinal round kicks off on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate Defenders and Malacañang-PSC Kamao are set to battle the top 2 seeded teams AFP Cavaliers and NHA Builders.

According to league rules, the AFP and NHA hold the twice-to-beat advantage.

This necessitates the lawmakers and the Presidents’ men to win two straights to grab the two championship tickets.

The younger team NHA Builders will battle the former two-time championship contender Malacañang-PSC Kamao on the first game (3pm) of the doubleheader while former two-time champion AFP Cavaliers will face the Senate Defenders on the main game (4:30pm).

But should the AFP and NHA emerge victorious on Sunday, the will outrightly proceed to the Best of Three Finals match, while the Senate and Malacañang-PSC will set a knockout battle for third.

The AFP Cavaliers with a mixture of old and young gunners is expected to flex their vintage champion form while the Senate Defenders will stick to their chemistry and tough defense.

On the other hand, the question of who is more hungrier will be the story of NHA-Malacañang-PSC saga as both teams had already frequented to the final 4 seats but failed to get the Cup.

This epic battles can be watched live at the venue for free as well as on the UNTV channel and website. — UNTV New Media

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Senate ends PNP’s hope to defend title

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 5th, 2018

The tough defense imposed by the Senate Defenders has limited the production of PNP Responders’ 2-time MVP Ollan Omiping (#4). (Richard Cortez / Photoville International)

In the neck-and-neck Senate-PNP battle, the Senate Defenders ended the hope of the PNP Responders for another championship this season.

The PNP held the lead in the first to third quarters of the ball game.

But in the last minute of the ball game, the PNP was held at a standstill at 66, and the Defenders had the cops on the run when shots after shots were fired until the final buzzer of the game went off 74-66.

Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva, with their leadership and performance, contributed hugely to the win.

“Well, syempre natutuwa kami na natalo namin ang isang napakagaling na koponan. Full credit sa PNP dahil for three quarters mukhang sila ang mananalo at hindi madali ang game na iyon,” Senator Sonny Angara said.

Sen. Joel Villanueva added: “Well iyon naman talaga ang goal since day one. And we’re just so happy we’re playing really well… and I think we finally figured out among ourselves kung ano ang character ng team, which is we’re not going to win unless we play defense.”

The PNP’s side, on the other hand, was led by Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez and Harold Sta. Cruz on Sunday.

Garri Sevilla with his 22 points, 5 rebounds, and one assist was hailed the best player of the game.

The win gave the Senate a ticket to the semifinals.

It was in Season 3 when the Senate town last held a top-four spot in the league, while in Season 5, they were not able to enter the win column.

And in the Malacañang-PSC Kamao-Judiciary Magis bout: the court hoopsters lost the chance to lift another champion trophy after the Palace ballers knocked them out of the quarter-final round, 79-84.

Despite the absence of star player Christian Luanzon, the Kamao endured the challenge posed by the two-time champion, with best players of the game Eric Dela Cuesta and Vishnu das Javier leading in the scoring department.

Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gozalez said: “Si Christian pinadala ng PSC sa Abra, may clinic. Para sa kanya rin itong game na ito. Kahit wala si Chris, ipinakita ng teammates niya talagang laban.”

The semifinal round will kick off on Sunday, February 10 at the Pasig City Sports Center where the NHA Builders, with a twice-to-beat advantage, awaits the Malacanang-PSC Kamao in the first game.

The teams to watch out for in the second game are the Senate Defenders and the AFP Cavaliers, which has the twice-to-beat advantage. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

 THE SCORE

GAME 1: Senate defeat PNP, 74-66.

Quarter Scores: 17-19, 40-37, 55-58, 74-66

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 74
G. Sevilla 22, J. Mangaran 16, J. Sanders 13, R. Balboa 8, M. Legaspi 5, H. Ng 5, M. Omega 3, E. Villanueva 2

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 66
A. Tolentino 14, O. Omiping 13, J. Cabahug 6, C. Elopre 6, J. Misola 6, R. Cabrera 6, J. Criste 6, R. Abaya 4, A. Yanquiling 3, H. Decena 2

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC defeat Judiciary, 79-64.

Quarter Scores: 24-17, 36-33, 53-54, 79-64

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 79
E. Dela Cuesta 15, J. Jimenez 14, V. Javier 12, N. Javier 10, J. Besa 9, I. Garrido 7, M. Ignario 7, G. Gadong 3, R. Abalos 2

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 64
J. Rabino 15, F. Salamat 14, C. Camaso 10, C. Tolomia 10, W. Ybañez 9, V. Puno 4, C. Roma 2

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