PNP eyes twice-to-beat advantage in the UNTV Cup off-season play-offs

Posted on: June 1st, 2018

PNP Chief PDG Oscar Albayalde (#86) fires a shot from the perimeter during the game against the AFP Cavaliers on May 6, 2018 at the Pasig City Sports Center. (Fred Alvior / Photoville International)


Games on Sunday, June 3

2 pm – PNP vs GSIS
3:30 pm – DOJ vs Ombudsman 
5 pm – Judiciary vs Malacañang

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center


The PNP Responders beef up tactics as they prepare to fight against GSIS Thunder Furies at this Sunday’s tripleheader UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face-off at 2 p.m. in the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Responders aim to snag the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs by maintaining its lead with three wins and zero loss record and muscle through the remaining four elimination matches.

“Magpalakas kasi yung speed namin yung pinaka-strength namin dito, saka yung solid defense namin… minimize namin yung mga foul, dagdagan ng practice,” Coach Alfred Suarez said.

(We will improve our speed because it is our main strength as well as our solid defense. We will minimize foul plays and more practice.)

The PNP, however, admitted that they encounter difficulty when it comes to full lineup practices.

“Yung sa ensayo naman nag-aadjust kami depende doon sa availability ng mga players. So, minsan yung iba hindi naman talaga nakakapag-ensayo very busy talaga, out of town yung iba. So kung sino yung mga nandyan, yung mga natitira lima, sampu as much as possible meron kaming condition na player, lima sampu oks na yun.”

(We are adjusting our practices depending on the availability of the players so sometimes, others are very busy, some are out of town so they cannot even attend practices. So, whoever is available, be it five or ten, as much as possible, we have players in good condition to play.)

Meanwhile, GSIS Thunder Furies, know they are up against a very strong team so they also ramp up their endurance practices.

“Tatakbo talaga kami yun talaga ang kulang namin eh, and then papaanoorin namin yung pagkakamali namin at saka pagkukulang itong versus sa DOJ, mag-aadjust na lang kami,” Coach Rene Boy Banzali said.

(We really have to run and then watch a playback of the game so we can identify our mistakes versus DOJ, then we will adjust from there.)

Thunder Furies are yet to clinch their first victory after playing two games in the ongoing elimination rounds. — Bernard Dadis| UNTV News Rescue