Malacañang-PSC crushes NHA; enters UNTV Cup 6 Finals

Posted on: February 20th, 2018

Malacañang-PSC Kamao’s #11 Visnu Das Javier, the hailed Best Player of the Game, goes for a layup on February 18, 2018, at the Meralco Gym in Pasig City. After beating the Builders, and booking a finals slot, the Kamao’s chosen charity, children with cancer at PCMC, are assured already of receiving not less than the 2nd highest prize in case of team’s loss to Senate Defenders in the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals. Champion gets P4-M, 1st runner-up P2-M, 2nd runner-up – P1-M and 3rd runner-up P500,000. (Fred Alvior/Photoville International)


After two attempts – the first in Season 3 against the Judiciary Magis and the second in Season 5 against the PNP Responders, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao returned to the UNTV Cup Finals this season after demolishing the NHA Builders on Sunday at the Meralco Gymnasium in Pasig City with final scores, 88 – 82.

The NHA Builders battled neck-and-neck against the Kamao, with several deadlocks in all quarters.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said: “Alam naman naming hindi kami malakas. Yung sistema lang namin yung nagdadala para manalo kami every game.”

(We know that we are not a strong team. It’s just our system that makes us win every game.)

Builders Coach Bennett Palad, on the other hand, admitted losing momentum.

“Actually, kulang kami sa player. Wala si [Marvin] Ladia. Injury si Alvin Vitug. Ang Chris Santos ko hindi pwede maglaro. Nasira ang momentum namin.”

(Actually, we’re shorthanded with players. Marvin Ladia can’t play, Alvin Vitug is injured. Chris Santos can’t play too. We just lost our momentum.)

And for the first time in six seasons, the Senate Defenders entered the league’s finals.

This, after the Senate hoopsters crushed the AFP Cavaliers, 86-80.

Winless in Season 5, the senators Villanueva and Angara-led Defenders promised a big comeback in Season 6.

“Talagang sabi namin talagang babalik kami. Gagawin namin lahat — work hard, play defense, teamwork. Talagang ‘To God be the glory!’ kasi ang mga pina-practice namin, lumabas sa game,” Sen. Joel Villanueva said.

(We really told ourselves that we will bounce back [after being winless last season]. We will give our all — work, play defense, teamwork. It’s really ‘To God be the glory!’ because what we do in our practices, it’s what happens during the games.)

“Nagpapasalamat kami sa lahat ng supporters namin. Doon kumuha ng enerhiya at lakas ang aming players. Syempre gusto naming panalunin talaga ang championship para sa beneficiaries namin from Kythe Foundation [and Pangarap Foundation]. Thank you sa UNTV,” Senator Sonny Angara said.

(We thank all our supporters. It’s where we all get energy and power. Of course, we wanted to win the championship for our beneficiaries from Kythe Foundation [and Pangarap Foundation]. Thank you UNTV.)

The first and second quarters were dominated by the Cavaliers, leading by eight points as the first half ended, 43-35.

But the Senate team bounced back, with energy, effort, hustle, and defense that dampened the Cavaliers’ scoring.

Defenders Coach Mike Fermin gave credit to the performance of his players that brought his side to the win.

“Down kami noong halftime, so collective effort of everybody. Ang players, saka ang senators talagang ang usapan sa halftime, sa dugout, depensa lang, pare. Ang depensa natin, iyon ang open sa natin. So iyon ang nangyari sa second half.”

(We were down at halftime. It was the collective effort of everybody. The players and the senators huddled at halftime in agreement that they must employ defense. It’s what they need to win the game. And it is what happened in the second half.)

Meanwhile, AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Sonny Manucat disclosed: “Tingin ko breaks of the game. Nandoon naman, bandang huli bumigay… breaks of the game.”

(I think it’s really the breaks of the game. We were there [winning the game] but unfortunately, we fell short in the end… breaks of the game.)

The AFP still awaits another match, the battle for third place against the NHA Builders, on March 4, 3:00 p.m. at the Pasig City Sports Center.

Meanwhile, Game 1 of the best of three finals series awaits the Defenders and the Kamao at 4:30 pm.

The champion will get P4-M, 1st runner-up P2-M, 2nd runner-up P1-M and 3rd runner-up, P500,000 on the play for charity basketball league originated by Public Service Advocate, BMPI-UNTV CEO Daniel Razon. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue


GAME 1: Senate defeat AFP, 86-80

Quarter Scores: 19-20, 35-43, 60-60, 86-80

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 86
M. Legaspi 18, H. Ng 16, J. Sanders 15, R. Balboa 13, G. Sevilla 9, R. Malaga 6, M. Omega 4, E. Villanueva 3, S. Marata 2

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 80
J. Lumongsod 18, E. Tan 14, R. Pascual 12, R. Almerol 9, W. Casulla 8, B. Bautista 8, J. Quiambao 6, R. Araneta 3, A. Zuñiga 2

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC defeat NHA, 88-82 .

Quarter Scores: 21-27, 47-48, 64-60, 88-82

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 88
E. Dela Cuesta 22, V. Javier 21, C. Luanzon 14, G. Gadong 9, J. Besa 7, N. Javier 5, M. Ignario 5, J. Jimenez 4, J. Magadia 1,

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 82
J. Dizon 22, A. Lustestica 19, W. Tibay 11, A. Vitug 11, M. Mercado 8, J. Alastoy 6, M. Sani 3, R. Tibay 2,