Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go dashing to bring down the ball during the game between the Malacañang-PSC Kamao and Ombudsman Graftbusters on May 13, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
The Ombudsman Graft Busters stunned the Malacañang-PSC Kamao in Sunday’s first game at the Pasig City Sports Center 76-57.
The Graft Busters was led by the best player of the game Director Nikki Laure who scored 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Ombudsman head coach Ricky Alcantara said his side prepared thoroughly for these off-season games.
“Ang ginawa namin talagang twice a week kami nagpa-practice saka may mga pocket tournament na sinasalihan kami right now… saka nagkakaroon kami ng aqua training right now, talagang yung conditioning talaga yung pinaghandaan ko,” Coach Alcatara said.
(We really practice twice a week, plus we also join pocket tournaments… we also have aqua training… we really prepare for our conditioning.)
Despite the Palace hoopsters’ second loss, Special Assistant to the President Secretary Bong Go bucketed 25 points, grabbed 2 boards, made one assist and one steal.
“No excuses. Talo po talaga kami. Medyo hindi pa masyado magkakilala nga, halo-halo ito eh composed ng PACC, merong navy… Pangalawa, importante nakapag-ensayo. Masarap makalaro yung ibang executive, yung ibang halos ka edad namin… bawi na lang po kami next time,” SAP Bong Go said.
(There are no excuses. We really lost. We really lack team familiarity. This team is mixed, composed of PACC men, Navy men. Secondly, what is important is that we can practice. It’s good to play with other executive officers, some are almost our age. We will bounce back next time.)
And in the second game, the Judiciary Magis entered the win column after toppling the DOJ Justice Boosters.
“Kulang talaga kami sa ensayo. We started ng practice 1 week before the opening. So, nakapag-practice kami twice lang, so tingin ko conditioning yun lang ang naging problema. From first to second [quarter] OK kami eh, pag dating na ng third to fourth [quarter] medyo kinapos na eh hindi na pumapasok tira namin,” DOJ Coach John Agbayani Jr said.
(We really lack practice. We started practice one week before the opening ceremony. We only had 2 practice sessions prior to this game. I think our problem was our conditioning. From first to 2nd quarter, we’re doing fine. But on the third and fourth quarter, we fell short, our shots were not connecting.)
Joey Yabut who made 24 points, 9 rebounds and one assist was hailed as the best player of the game.
According to Magis Coach Warren Ybañez, they prepared well for the game particularly in the defense department.
“Pinaghandaan namin yung depensa. Sinabi ko sa kanila na kapag may open shot kayo tumira lang kayo kasi marami tayo rebounder,” Magis Coach Warren Ybañez said.
(We prepared for our defense. I told them to just shoot if they are free because we have many rebounders.)
“Practice lang medyo sinuwerte noong bandang huli kaya pumasok, nakuha namin yung rebound, swerte lang,” Supreme Court Administrator Midas Marquez said.
(We just practiced. We got lucky on the later part of the game. Our shots were connecting and we’re getting rebounds. We’re just lucky.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue
Ombudsman Graft Busters (76) – Q. Laure 19, J. Espinal 16, A. Sanchez 15, W. Layson 9, A. Atienza 8, R. Sadsad 5, A. Tamano 2, A. Almojuela 2
Malacañang-PSC Kamao (57) – C. Go 25, M. Buena 11, G. Belgica 10, N. Herico 5, B. Patrimonio 4, S. Malbog 2
Quarter Scores: 22-9, 45-23, 61-41, 76-57
Judiciary Magis (73) – J. Yabut 24, J. Marquez 15, R. Paras 11, I. Ramoso 7, W. Ramiterre 7, M. Tomacruz 4, J. Villanueva 3, R. Villanueva 2
DOJ Justice Boosters (58) – J. Gernale 10, D. Africa 10, R. Fadullon 9, R. Munsayac 8, C. Guhit 6, J. Gaurano 5, R. Tomas 4, N. Tagalicud 2, R. Ricamora 2, C. Abayon 2