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UNTV Cup: For the love of basketball and public service

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, March 16th, 2017

Judiciary Magis (3rd placer) receives the P1,000,000 cash prize for their chosen charity: Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities. It was awarded by BMPI-UNTV CEO Daniel Razon (leftmost) VP Commissioner Atoy Co and Gerry Panghulan (rightmost) during the Game 2 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, March 14, 2017. The recipient of P4,000,000 and P2,000,000 cash prizes is yet determine on March 21 as Malacañang Kamao and PNP Responders face on the deciding game. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)

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 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 year, UNTV Cup Season 5, the cash prizes for all participating teams and individual honors were awarded on Game 2.

The teams which did not qualify to the Final 4 received P100,000 each for their chosen charities.

Here are the teams and their chosen beneficiary / charity:

1. AFP Cavaliers – AFP-EBSO (Education Benefit Systems Office)
2. BFP Firefighters – Philippine Science High School Foundation Inc.
3. MMDA Blackwolves – Philippine General Hospital – Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. and Damayan MMDA Provident Fund
4. Senate Defenders – Kythe Foundation Inc., Pangarap Foundation and Share An Opportunity, Philippines Inc.
5. Ombudsman Graftbusters – Ombudsman Provident Fund 6. DOJ Justice Boosters – DOJ Employees Association
7. GSIS Furies – Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa GSIS
8. HOR Solons – Foundation of Our Lady of Peace Missions, Inc. and Congressional Spouses Foundation Inc.
9. NHA Builders – NHA Provident Fund Association, Inc.

While the 4th and the 3rd placer teams received P500,000 and P1,000,000 respectively.

4th Place: BOC Transformers – Caritas Manila, Inc.
3rd Place: Judiciary Magis – Judiciary Employees Severely Affected by Typhoons and Calamities

A total of P2,700,000 were already awarded for charity on Game 2.

Come Game 3, the top prizes will be awarded to the top 2 teams of the season.

The champion gets P4,000,000 while the 2nd placer, P2,000,000 all for their chosen beneficiary / charity.

For this, Malacañang Kamao has chosen a group of Cancer Patients and Millennium Sports Support System Association Incorporated while PNP Responders pick Police Community Relations Group “Drug Rehabilitation Program” respectively.

As for the individual awarding, Chester Tolomia of Judiciary Magis bagged 3 honors: Most Valuable Player, Scoring Champion and Member of UNTV Cup Starting 5.

Harold Sta. Cruz of PNP Responders got Defensive Player of the Season.

Ian Vincent Garrido of Malacañang Kamao got Step Up Player of the Season.

The season’s Starting 5 awardees are Vishnu Das Javier of Malacañang Kamao, Jeffrey Quiambao of AFP Cavaliers, Gilbert Malabanan of BFP Firefighters, Ollan Omiping of PNP Responders and Chester Tolomia of Judiciary Magis.

There will be a Finals MVP award that is yet to be announced at the Game 3 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals next Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The brilliance of the concept of this league, UNTV Cup, have transcended to the personal lives of the players as their dream of playing basketball aired on national TV and in a world-class arena with their idol professional basketball players is matched with the joy of giving or helping someone in need through their chosen charities or beneficiaries.

UNTV Cup is only on its fifth year and hopes to continue in the years to come.

As Kuya Daniel Razon would always say, “Thanks be to God and to God be the glory!”

— with reports from Bernard Dadis / Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Off-season playoffs to kick off on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018


UNTV Cup Executive FaceOff Playoffs

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


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North and South Korean male basketball players hold friendly match in Pyongyang

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Peace team formed with a mixture of North and South Korean men players arrive at gym in Pyongyang, Nortk Korea, July 4, 2018. Korea Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS

North and South Korea joined forces for their first basketball friendly in 15 years on Wednesday (July 4) amid a warming of relations since the Winter Olympics in the South and easing tensions over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.

Following female players’ match, male players took to the court in two joint North-South teams, “Peace” and “Prosperity”, in an indoor stadium in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. The game ended in a 102-102 draw, according to Press Pool in Pyongyang.

North Korean leader and basketball fan Kim Jong Un was not spotted in the crowd on Wednesday but the chairman of the North’s National Sports Guidance Committee, Choe Hwi, who also visited South Korea for the Winter Olympics, was sitting next to the South’s Unification Minister, Cho Myong-gyon, cheering on the teams and clapping their hands.

Kim had suggested the friendlies to South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April when the two held their first summit at the border village of Panmunjom straddling the two Koreas. The South Korean team will return on Friday (July 6) after two more games on Thursday (July 5), this time with teams divided by country   but no flags being shown. — Reuters

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Philippines head coach expresses regret over brawl, but stands by team

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes

The head coach of the Philippines national basketball team expressed regret on Tuesday (July 3) over a massive mid-game brawl during a World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier against Australia but accused his opponents of “bullying” his players.

“Violence has no place in basketball, but neither does bullying,” Vince Reyes told reporters in a Manila hotel after the game on Monday (July 2) that left to the ejection of nine Filipino and four Australian players during a World Cup 2019 Asian qualifier.

Australia led 79-48 with four minutes left in the third quarter when Philippines guard Roger Pogoy struck Chris Goulding with an elbow. Goulding’s teammate Daniel Kickert retaliated to spark a free-for-all with the crowd getting involved.

Match officials spent over 30 minutes separating the players who had by then punched and kicked each other several times. The game eventually resumed in farcical fashion with Philippinesfielding three players against Australia’s five.

Despite being “apologetic” Reyes said he stood by his players, which he described as having acted “inappropriately in the heat of the moment”.

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the game’s world governing body, opened disciplinary proceedings. Penalties and fines would be announced in the coming days, FIBA said on Twitter. — Reuters

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