UNTV Cup Season 4’s competing teams face-off in a tune-up game

admin   •   August 12, 2015   •   2838

Match up of Senate Defenders and UNTV Cup Season 1 & 3 champs Judiciary Magis ( Kenneth Valladolid / Photoville International)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Teams joining the UNTV Cup Season 4 went head to head in the pre-season game held last Sunday at SGS stadium in Quezon City.

A tune up game has been organized to gather all UNTV Cup participating teams in preparation for the opening of the league’s 4th season.

BFP Firefighters slammed NHA Builders at 68-64 during the first game despite the strong presence of Marvin Mercado and point guard Ralph Tibay.

In the second game, DOJ Justice Boosters won over H-O-R Solons at 70-59, where DOJ Justice Boosters head coach and ex-PBA player Topex Robinson on the lead, giving an excellent play and ball strategies for the Boosters.

In the third game, rookie team ombudsman Graft Busters failed to strike GSIS Furies at 58-42 score.

Graft Busters head coach Ryan Quilala said, this season of UNTV Cup is composed of highly competitive teams that is why they should develop their team even more.

The Graft Busters is expecting for a strong line-up having 7-footer ex-PBA player Ej Feihl and 6’4’’ forward Bernzon Franco.

Meanwhile, the PNP responders battled with MMDA Blackwolves during the 4th game where Responders won the game at 57-48.

The Blackwolves failed to strike the veteran Team Responders despite a better run and gun game.

Responders Ollan Omiping and Antonio Tolentino led the team to win with the combined score of 25 points.

UNTV Cup season 1 and 3 champion Judiciary Magis faced off against Senate Defenders during the 5th game, where Magis reigned at 55-37 score.

Magis Julius Rabino shot 19 points while the Defenders were left behind despite go-to-guy Emmanuel Baltazar’s 15 points.

And the final game was a face-off between AFP Cavaliers and Malacañang Patriots.

Cavaliers won at 43-41, led by Ian San Sebastian, Lesli Cabayo, and Vicente Evidor with a total of 23 points.

UNTV Cup Season 4 will be divided into two groups.

Group A will be composed of Malacañang Patriots, Senate Defenders, PNP Responders, NHA Builders, GSIS Furies, DOJ Justice Boosters.

While group B will be having Judiciary Magis, AFP Cavaliers, HOR Solons, MMDA Blackwolves, BFP Firefighters and Ombudsman Graft Busters.

UNTV Cup Season 4 will officially start on August 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena. (UNTV News)

IATF allows opening of new PBA season; hosting of Asian volleyball tournament

Maris Federez   •   July 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has allowed the holding of two major sports events in the country.

According to IATF and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, the task force on Thursday (July 15) approved the restart of the 46th season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the hosting the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

“The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, July 15, 2021, approved the request of the Philippine Basketball Association to restart their 46th season,” he said.

The Palace official, however, said that this is still subject to the strict compliance of the health and safety protocols as provided for under the guidelines of the Games and Amusement Board.

The PBA is set to begin the season on July 16 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City after being delayed for several months due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

The IATF also gave the go signal for the Philippine National Volleyball Federation (PNVF) to host the 21st Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championship.

Roque said the IATF also reminded the PNVF regarding the strict implementation of health protocols to prevent the spread of the deadly disease. —/mbmf

IATF OKs request for hosting of FIBA qualifiers; PBA practices in GCQ, MGCQ areas

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has green-lighted the request of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) to hold scrimmages and team practices in areas under the general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ, Malacañang announced Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, however, stressed that this is subject to health and safety protocols and vetting of Games and Amusement Board.

“Pinayagan ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force) ang mga scrimmages at practices ng Philippine Basketball Association sa mga lugar na general community quarantine at MGCQ subject to the health and safety protocols na pag-aaralan muna ng Games and Amusement Board,” Roque said in an online briefing.

The local government of Batangas City earlier agreed to host the team practices of the Philippine Basketball Association in certain local venues. Batangas City is under GCQ until May 31.

Roque also announced that the IATF likewise approved the request of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to host the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Asia Cup Qualifiers in June 2021 in Clark, Pampanga.

Roque said this activity will be held under a “bubble-type” setting and subject to health and safety protocols.

“The testing and quarantine protocols of arriving foreign participants shall be subject to the FIBA-required protocols as presented, to the extent applicable, without prejudice to the entry travel restrictions,” stated Resolution 114 issued by the IATF-EID on Thursday.

The resolution also said that all non-player participants not covered by FIBA rules are mandated to self-isolate upon arrival in the venue and undertake RT-PCR testing on the sixth day before their release.

“The designated hotels within the bubble shall not accept other guests outside of the FIBA participants,” the resolution read.

As the national government agency with the visitorial and supervisory authority, the Philippine Sports Commission has been directed by the IATF to “assume responsibility for monitoring and supervising the compliance of the health and safety protocols of the event.

Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas: Photographers collected over P55,000 for charity

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

After rallying together to to launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’, photographers are now selling pieces of their work to collect enough funds to help those affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

READ: Photographers launch ‘Bayanihan para sa Batanes’ to help quake victims

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As of April 4, the contributions and donations for Bayanihan para sa Pilipinas have reached Php 57,400.

According to the group, their main goal is to be able to raise funds to help their fellowmen in times of calamities.

“We all know that a pandemic infection namely COVID-19 is affecting millions of lives all over the world. In the Philippines, the virus is spreading fast and our healthcare workers/frontliners lack the needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect themselves,” the group said. AAC

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