Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s Visnu Das Javier (#11) tries to evade NHA Builders’ Marvin Ladia (#18) during their elimination round match of the UNTV Cup Season 6. (Webster Moldez / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — Season 5 runner-up team Malacañang -PSC Kamao rose to the challenge the NHA Builders brought into the UNTV Cup hard court.
Kamao beat the Builders 92-90 in a heart-stopping, action-packed main game in Sunday’s triple header.
Kamao head coach Louie Gonzales said, chemistry is a key to winning.
“Ang sabi ko sa team ko before entering this game, ang chemistry, iyan ang pinakamalakas na weapon natin entering this season, and it showed.”
(I told my team, our chemistry is our strongest weapon this season, and it showed.)
Eric dela Cuesta geared the Malacañang -PSC hoopers by bucketing 29 points together with Christian Luanzon who made 22 points, thus hailed the best players of the game.
Best player of the game Christian Luanzon said, “First game of the season… ang gusto lang namin noong huli is to come out with a fighting chance. Nagkaroon ng pagkakataon sa last minute, and we were able to pull it out… we just kept fighting.”
(“First game of the season… we just wanted to come out with a fighting chance. We had a chance in the last minute and were able to pull it off…. we just kept fighting.)
On the other hand, Coach Bennet Palad vowed to recover from the loss.
“Nawala ang momentum namin…sayang din… namigay kami nang namigay ng bola noong last few minutes, the last few seconds…pero next time babawi kami.”
(We lost our momentum, it’s regretful. We just gave them a lot of chances in the last few minutes down to the last few seconds. We will bounce back next time.)
Prior to this, in the first game, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters slammed the PDEA Drug Busters in their debut game 104-100.
And in the second game, the DOH Health Achievers stunned the COA Enablers, 122-95. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: DA Food Masters defeat PDEA Drug Busters, 104-100.
Quarter Scores: 26-16, 53-47, 85-70, 104-100
DA Food Masters
Box Scores: 104
J. Torion 26, S. Silva 25, C. Dematera 25, J. Comerciase 12, M. Martinez 6, M. Mangrobang 5, A. Mangahip 2, M. Lim 2, R. Mangalindan 1
PDEA Drug Busters
Box Scores: 100
J. Perante 31, R. Sanz 24, M. Basco 19, E. Rosales 11, B. Rizon 7, B. Babang 4, D. Dejarme 3, M. Ballelos 1, J. Montallana 0, B. Lomas-e 0
GAME 2: DOH Healthy Achievers defeat COA Enablers, 122-95.
Quarter Scores: 28-18, 67-36, 92-54, 122-95
DOH Healthy Achievers
Box Scores: 122
L. Nidoy 23, D. Espinosa 18, R. Dabu 14, M. Kalaw 13, R. Pingol 13, S. Mopera 11, J. Guevarra 8, R. Zamudio 7, G. Domingo 3, D. Magat 3, A. Saculinggan 3, R. Castaneda 2, R. Herrera 2, R. Marcellana 2
Box Scores: 95
E. Ballesteros 36, A. Gamboa 30, J. Balgua 7, A. Baguya 7, W. Paquera 7, P. Carpina 2, B. Villordon 2, C. Sulay 2, A. Florentino 0, J. Angel 0, R. Garin 0
GAME 3: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeat NHA Builders, 92-90.
Quarter Scores: 22-22, 44-35, 56-73, 92-90
Box Scores: 92
E. Dela Cuesta 29, C. Luanzon 22, V. Javier 16, J. Besa 9, J. Jimenez 7, G. Gadong 7, R. Abalos 2, P. Yamamoto 0, I. Garrido 0, N. Javier 0
Box Scores: 90
A. Vitug 31, A. Lustestica 26, C. Santos 14, M. Mercado 11, S. Crisostomo 3, J. Dizon 2, W. Tibay 2, J. Forbes 1, M. Ladia 0, J. Alastoy 0