Senate Defenders’ Sen. Joel Villanueva (#3) looks to attack the basket after his teammate Michael Dan Omega (#9) gave a screen to Alvin Zuniga during their game against the AFP Cavaliers on UNTV Cup Season 6 elimination round on October 22, 2017 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Mark Oliver Santillan / Photoville International)
MANILA, Philippines — The first round of eliminations continues on the league of public servants, the UNTV Cup.
In the main game of Sunday’s triple-header at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Senate Defenders surrendered to the AFP Cavaliers as the two-time champion made it to a one-point win, 72 – 71.
Coach Sonny Manucat of the Cavaliers said defense was a key to the soldiers’ victory on Sunday.
“Number one, defense. Kasi alam ko talaga malakas yung Senate eh, so sabi ko sa kanila we have to contain all players inside lalo na yung Mangaran, Sevilla, saka si Jeff Sanders, kaya sabi ko walang magre-relax. Focus lagi sa game, kaya breaks of the game.”
(Number one, defense. I know that Senate Defenders is a really strong team, so I said to them we have to contain all players inside specially James Ryan Mangaran, Garry Sevilla, and Jeffry Sanders. So I told them we shouldn’t relax. We need to focus on the game all the time — breaks of the game.)
Sir Romero Almerol Jr. with 17 points and Rolando Pascual with 13, led the Cavaliers in the scoring department.
While Rommel Balboa with 17 points and Jeffrey Sanders with 14 points led the Defenders. Senator Joel Villanueva, meanwhile, contributed 12 points.
In the second game, Malacañan-PSC Kamao knocked down PDEA Drug Busters, 91-85.
Coach Louie Gonzales admitted the Drug Busters posed a great challenge overconfidence was out of the question.
“We don’t have to be overconfident sa laban na to kasi, I watched their games, alam ko hindi pa nagka-come together, it’s a brand new team. Pero alam mo mga matured na yan eh, mga marurunong na yan, mag-aadjust na din yan. Now, kung bibigyan pa natin sila ng fighting chance, maglalaro ng maganda yan and which happened. Buti na lang nakalusot kami.”
(We don’t have to be overconfident in this game. I watched their games, I know they have not yet come together, it’s a brand new team. But you know, they are matured already, they are skilled, they will adjust. Now, if we will give them a fighting chance, they will play good, which actually happened. Good thing we made it through.)
And in the PNP-COA match, the Responders eased to victory over the Enablers, 112-72.
The Responders stays on the top spot in Group A with three games won and no game lost while COA has a 0-3 win-loss standing. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
PNP Responders (112) — A. Yanquiling 18, A. Bayabao 17, J. Cabahug 14, O. Omiping 11, H. Decena 8, A. Tolentino 7, J. Saracho 6, R. Abaya 6, R. Ongutan 6, R. Cabrera 5, C. Elopre 4, J. Tacsay 4, H. Sta. Cruz 3, J. Misola 2, J. Criste 1
COA Enablers (71) — A. Gamboa 31, E. Ballestos 18, J. Angel 6, W. Paquera 5, R. Villanueva 4, J. Balgua 2, R. Garin 2, C. Sulay 2, P. Carpina 1
Quarter Scores: 31-11, 54-29, 80-50, 112-71
Malacanang-PSC Kamao (91) — V. Javier 20, J. Besa 17, C. Luanzon 14, E. Dela Cuesta 13, I. Garrido 10, J. Jimenez 8, G. Gadong 4, M. Ignario 2, N. Javier 2, R. Abalos 1
PDEA Drug Busters (85) — M. Basco 32, R. Rizon 19, J. Perante 18, R. Sanz 12, C. Santiago 2, D. Dejarme 2
Quarter Scores: 24-20, 51-45, 76-65, 91-85
AFP Cavaliers (72) — R. Almerol 17, R. Pascual 13, W. Casulla 10, A. Zuniga 8, B. Bautista 8, J. Lumonsod 6, W. Sergio 3, J. Quiambao 2, P. Fernandez 2, R. Araneta, E. Tan 1
Senate Defenders (71) — R. Balboa 17, J. Sanders 14, E. Villanueva 12, J. Mangaran 9, M. Omega 8, S. Marata 6, H. Ng 3, J. Flaminiano 2