Two of the new teams at UNTV Cup, DOH Health Achievers and PDEA Drug Busters, together with their mascots pose for a picture during the opening ceremony of the League of Public Servants at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum last September 12, 2017. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — An action-packed triple-header awaits the UNTV Cup crowd this Sunday, September 17, at the Pasig City Sports Center, as four new teams at the UNTV Cup gets into a hard-court battle.
In the first game of the triple-header, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters will face the PDEA Drug Busters.
The Food Masters will be led by head coach Zaldy Realubit and assistant coach Rodney Santos, who are both former pro-basketball players.
They will be matched by PDEA head coach Benjamin Jose and assistant coach Felix Armando.
In the second game, the COA Enablers will face the DOH Health Achievers.
The Commission on Audit’s team will be led by PBA legend Freddie Hubalde, while the DOH will be coached by Joshua Villapando.
And in the third game, seasoned team NHA Builders will aim to demolish season 5 runner-up team Malacañang-PSC Kamao.
Assistant coach Raffy Gonzales’s side has been prepping up since August.
“Talagang pinaghahandaan namin itong Season 6. Alam naman natin na mayroong mga bagong teams na sumali ngayon at medyo mabibigat talaga yung ibang teams… Sana suportahan nyo ulit ang Malacañang-PSC.Kung ano po ang ibinigay namin last year, mas hihigitan pa po namin. Pagpapaguran po talaga namin.”
(We’ve been really preparing for UNTV Cup Season 6. We know that new teams have joined and there are teams that are really good. We hope that the fans will support again the Malacañang-PSC team. We promise that the effort we had last year we will surpass it. We will really work hard on this.)
Meanwhile, NHA head coach Silverio ‘Bennet’ Palad III says they are prepared for the battles ahead now that their roster is complete.
“Hindi ba ang team ko kulang kami sa height? Kulang kami sa malaki. So ngayon medyo nakumpleto ko na. Nagkaroon ako ng malaking dalawa. So, makakalaban na ako. Makakasabay na ako sa mga kalaban ko.”
(Our team was lacking in tall players, right? We lacked height. So now, we have acquired 2 big men. So, we’re quite complete. So, we can compete now and catch up with our opponents.)
The triple-header will start at 2:00 PM.
While there will be telecast on Sunday, 12 noon of the game between the PNP Responders and BFP Firefighters during the opening ceremony at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue
Games on Sunday, September 17
Game 1: DA Food Masters vs PDEA Drug Busters, 2PM
Game 2: DOH Health Achievers vs COA Enablers, 3:30PM
Game 3: NHA Builders vs Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 5PM