Senate extends AFP losing streak; shares UNTV Cup lead with PNP

Posted on: May 29th, 2018

Sen. Sonny Angara (#2) blocks Col. William Gonzales (#89) in mid-air during the game between the Senate Sentinels and AFP Cavaliers on May 27, 2018, at the Pasig City Sports Center for the elimination round of the #UNTVCupOffSeason Executive Faceoff. (Cyron Monton / Photoville International)

Reigning champion AFP Cavaliers suffer another stinging defeat after Senate Sentinels blocked them as they tried to muscle their way to the win column.

During Sunday’s main game at the Pasig City Sports Center, Senate senior cagers employed every move in their book to stop the Cavaliers from claiming their first victory, 79-77.

Though Cavaliers tried to claim the lead during last quarter’s remaining 45.9 seconds, the Sentinels pounded on and rolled out a 5 to zero run, stopping AFP’s score at 77.

The buzzer sounded with Sentinels claiming third straight win and Cavaliers still with zero victory.

Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin said, “Yung mga ganitong games kailangan namin to toughen more di ba? So yung ganitong panalo na grinding kami all throughout the game, yun ang kailangan namin talaga.”

(It’s games like these that we need to toughen up more right? So victories like these where we were grinding all throughout the game, that’s what we really need.)

The game hails as best players, Warren Tan, who scored 23 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals; and Ryan Neil Endaya who finished with 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks.

PNP Responders and Judiciary Magis also rendered a heart pounding second game with Judiciary claiming early lead.

But the Responders crumbled Magis’ defenses during second half by executing fast break attack, crushing the latter, 81-75.

PNP Head Coach Alfred Suarez expressed, “Salamat sa lahat ng players, nakikinig sila sa idini-design namin, talagang nagsipag sila, they play with their heart, talagang puso pinairal nila kahit medyo pagod na pinipilit pa rin nila.”

(Thank you to our players who listened to the plays we designed. They are really hard working and they play with their heart. Even when they are tired, they still pull through.)

Meanwhile, Judiciary Magis Head Coach Warren Ybañez explained, “Resistensya siguro kinapos ng players ko. Pagdating ng huli tinakbuhan na kami ng fast break eh.

(My players fell short in their resistance, I think. In the end, the opponents got away with their fast-breaks.)

PSupt Joshua Alejandro was hailed as the best player of the game with 26-point finish, 3 rebounds and one steal and block each.

DOJ Justice Boosters, meanwhile, tallied its first win after routing GSIS Thunder Furies, 75-43.

Assistant State Prosecutor Charlie Guhit claims best player title by contributing 11 points and 2 rebounds.

Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Fadullon stated, “Nakita namin ang mali namin the last time, kinapos ng hangin. So, kailangan talaga ensayo, you have to get the energy to finish, to have it until the end game.”

(We saw our mistakes, last time, we fell short in the endurance level so we really need to practice more. You have to get the energy to finish, to have it until the end game.) — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

The Scores:

DOJ Justice Boosters (75) – C. Guhit 11, R. Aguto 10, R. Fadullon 9, J. Gernale 8, D. Africa 8, R. Munsayac 6, R. Tomas 6, J. Gaurano 6, R. Ricamora 4, L. Taliping 3, A. Suarez 2, C. Garvida 2

DOJ Justice Boosters (43) – R. De Luna 13, L. Casio 9, R. Curiba 9, R. Defeo 3, J. Andres 3, R. Manuel 2, P. Flores 2, R. Abarintos 2

Quarter Scores: 25-6, 39-19, 52-30, 75-43

PNP Responders (81) – J. Alejandro 26, J. De Mesa 13, P. Limbauan 12, V. Rivera 7, I. Dalogdog 5, R. Cejas 4, R. Dimaya 4, E. Gonzales 3, P. Philipps 3, I. Dickson 2, R. Sumalde 2

Judiciary Magis (75) – J. Yabut 25, J. Marquez 18, W. Ramiterre 13, R. Paras 10, M. Tomacruz 5, I. Ramoso 4

Quarter Scores: 20-24, 39-45, 65-62, 81-75

Senate Sentinels (79) – W. Tan 23, R. Endaya 20, E. Villanueva 17, J. Angara 10, S. Dela Cruz 5, H. Alinsug 3, U. Garces 1

AFP Cavaliers (77) – W. Gonzales 17, G. Del Rosario 14, N. Mendez 13, E. Abutin 10, J. Paulo 8, K. Grajo 4, A. Divinagracia 4, L. Caranto 3, O. Vesliño 2, E. Talja 2

Quarter Scores: 23-20, 40-33, 55-52, 79-77