Senate Defenders wins UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals

Posted on: March 13th, 2018

The UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders celebrate at the awarding ceremony of their cash prize of P4,000,000 to be donated to their chosen beneficiaries, Kythe Foundation Inc., Tahanang Mapagpala Immaculada Concepcion Inc., and Pangarap Foundation, Inc and P500,000 to the team. Also in the picture is Senator Franklin Drilon and Senator Juan Miguel Zubirri together with the representatives of the said beneficiaries and of course the UNTV Cup founder, Dr. Daniel Razon of BMPI-UNTV and MCGI. (Frederick Alvior / Photoville International)

On Monday night’s Game 2 between Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Senate Defenders, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go showed for the first time what he’s got on the UNTV Cup hard court at Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

SAP Bong Go bucketed several early shots, including 3 pointers, before the first period ended, with the Kamao on the lead by 4, 21-17.

In the second quarter, the Defenders stole the lead before the first half buzzer went off, 39-34.

In the third period, the Defenders intensified their hustle on the defense which brought them to a bigger lead, 59-50.

And in the last quarter, as the UNTV Cup crowd got more excited, the Senate team displayed increasing determination to end the final series with them lifting the trophy.

The Senate’s tough defense prevented the Kamao from bucketing scores with only two shots made in five minutes.

Their efforts resulted in a 20-point lead in favor of the Defenders as the final buzzer of the ball game went off, 84-64.

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Jeffrey Sanders, who made 20 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals at 1 block, was hailed the finals MVP.

Meanwhile, Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva contributed 9 points combined.

Coach Mike Fermin’s side was able to limit the Palace hoopsters’ key players, Eric Dela Cuesta and Chirstian Luanzon, with only single-digit points.

“Ang ganda ng preparasyon, nasunod ang game plan to the hilt talaga. Yun ang key dyan eh, dumipensa kami,” the Senate Defenders coach said.

(We prepared well for this game and our game plan was followed to the hilt. The key to our victory was our defense.)

Meanwhile, SAP Bong Go expressed gratitude and greetings through a text message to congratulate the Senate Defenders as well as the UNTV Cup crowd. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News Rescue

The Scores
Senate Defenders (84) — J. Sanders 20, M. Legaspi 17, G. Sevilla 15, J. Mangaran 11, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 7, R. Balboa 5, E. Villanueva 2
Malacañang-PSC (64) — J. Besa 11, C. Go 10, E. Dela Cuesta 9, C. Luanzon 8, J. Jimenez 8, V. Javier 6, M. Ignario 6, G. Gadong 4, I. Garrido 2
Quarter Scores:  17-21, 39-34, 59-50, 84-64