PNP Responders defense was so effective that it limited the production of Malacañang-PSC’s main man Christian Luanzon to just 12 points. (Paul Junnel Aquino / Photoville International)
PASIG CITY, Philippines — The defending champion PNP Responders survived the deadly game against the Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Had they lost to the Kamao, the policemen will go home and take a vacation in the middle of UNTV Cup Season 6.
Good thing, the Responders relived their championship form and annihilated Kamao with a 19-point domination, 77-58.
Responders Assistant Coach Art Marquez aims to continue with their game plan of intensive practices, with eyes on defending the title.
“Talagang ganoon, mahirap. Pero nakukuha sa practice iyan. Basta bawal na mag-relax sa amin,” Marquez said.
(It’s hard but that’s how it is. We’ll achieve it through practice. We’re not allowed to relax now.)
Kamao Assistant Coach Raffy Gonzales, on the other hand, admits poor performance led to the loss.
“Nagkulang talaga kami sa offense namin. Kailangan naming paghandaan yung offense namin. Paghahandaan namin yung game namin sa susunod.”
(We really fell short in our offense. We need to prepare for our offense. We will prepare for our next game.)
Two-time MVP Olan “The Sniper” Omiping was named as the best player of the game with 23 pts, 7 rebs, 4 asts, 2 stls for the Responders while Eric Dela Cuesta produced only 14 points in leading the Kamao.
Meanwhile, the AFP Cavaliers defeated the PDEA Drug Busters in the first game of the tripleheader, 98-90.
With this win, the Cavaliers remains on the top spot with 9 wins and one loss as it awaits its opponent in the semi-final round with a twice-to-beat advantage.
Cavaliers Coach Sonny Manucat emphasized that there is no room for complacency in order to continue winning.
“Sabi ko sa kanila, hindi pa kailangang mag-relax, yung composure ng team dapat nandoon. Magagawa lang namin yun sa break [off-season]. So, actually wala kaming break. Bukas resume agad kami [ng practice] ,” Coach Manucat revealed.
(I said to them, “We must not relax now, our team composure must not diminish. We can only relax on our break [off-season].” So, actually we don’t have free time. Tomorrow, we will immediately resume our practice.)
The Drug Busters, on the other hand, despite failing to advance to the next round, is thankful for being able to join the league of public servants for the first time this season and looks forward to more seasons to come.
In the second game, the Senate Defenders rises to the fourth spot of the team standings after overpowering two-time champion Judiciary Magis in a neck-and-neck bout, 74-71.
Chester Tolomia and Warren Ybañez were both fouled out in the second half of the match to the advantage of the Defenders.
Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said, “Ang game plan ko is, ang big three nila, Tolomia, Camaso , Ybañez, i-contain. So, we did a pretty decent job. Two-time defending champion iyan. Talagang lalaban iyan, pero we have to do our part.”
(My game plan is to contain their big three: Tolomia, Camaso , Ybañez. So, we did a pretty decent job. That’s a two-time defending champion. They are really ready to fight, but we have to do our part.)
Gary Sevilla who made 25 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist and 1 block was hailed as the best player of the game.
This victory gives the Defenders a twice-to-beat advantage in this season’s quarter-final round.
Watch out for the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, PNP Responders, Senate Defenders, and the Judiciary Magis as they battle in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, the NHA Builders sits on a semi-final spot along with the AFP Cavaliers. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
GAME 1: AFP Cavaliers defeat PDEA Drug Busters, 98-90.
Quarter Scores: 23-22, 44-45, 70-66, 98-90
Box Scores: 99
B. Bautista 25, R. Almerol 18, W. Casulla 11, W. Sergio 11, J. Quiambao 8, V. Evidor 6, J. Lumongsod 5, L. Cabayao 5, R. Pascual 5, M. Mendoza 4
PDEA Drug Busters
Box Scores: 90
M. Basco 27, R. Sanz 21, E. Rosales 20, J. Perante 9, B. Rizon 8, C. Santiago 5,
GAME 2: Senate Defenders defeat Judiciary Magis, 74-71.
Quarter Scores: 15-18, 37-35, 49-48, 74-71
Box Scores: 74
G. Sevilla 25, J. Mangaran 14, J. Sanders 14, R. Balboa 5, H. Ng 5, M. Legaspi 4, R. Malaga 4, S. Marata 3
Box Scores: 71
F. Salamat 17, C. Camaso 12, J. Rabino 11, C. Tolomia 11, W. Ybanez 5, V. Puno 5, H. Bergonio 4, C. Roma 4, J. Serrano 2
GAME 3: PNP Responders defeat Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 77-58.
Quarter Scores: 16-12, 39-25, 57-34, 77-58
Box Scores: 77
O. Omiping 23, J. Criste 14, A. Tolentino 12, J. Cabahug 9, J. Misola 8, A. Yanquiling 5, H. Decena 2, R. Abaya 2, R. Cabrera 2
Box Scores: 58
E. Dela Cuesta 14, C. Luanzon 12, M. Ignario 11, V. Javier 7, G. Gadong 4, J. Besa 4, J. Jimenez 4, I. Garrido 2,