PNP Responders fortify its indomitable status following a sweeping victory in the elimination rounds of the UNTV Cup Off Season Executive Face-off.
PNP dominated the games with 7 wins and zero losses after pounding its last opponent, Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 97-90.
Best players, Police Superintendents Joel de Mesa and Anthony Padua bucketed combined 40 points to protect PNP’s top spot but Malacañang-PSC’s main gunner, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go gave explosive 46 points.
Go says they still gave their best though it’s a non-bearing game for the already-eliminated kamao team and only eight of their members were able to play.
“Talagang hinabol namin sila hanggang sa huling minuto, lumaban kami… puso ng Pilipino talaga… laban! Pero natutuwa naman ako nanalo mga kapulisan natin,” SAP Bong Go said.
(We really went after them and fought against them even at the last minute. Fighting is in the heart of the Filipinos. But I am happy for the victory of the PNP Responders.)
The Responders now holds the twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs which is set to commence on Sunday, July 15.
Set to play against the PNP is the Senate Sentinels who landed in the fourth spot after suffering defeat against the now third-placer Judiciary Magis, 69-61.
Best players, Joey Yabut and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz registered combined 44 points with 22 rebounds, clobbering Senator Sonny Angara’s efforts to lift the Sentinels by bucketing 24 points and six rebounds with one assist and steal each.
“Alam nyo naman injured yung best player namin si Senator Joel, so naramdaman namin yung pagkawala nya… yung leadership, yung scoring, yung passing, yung threat sa offense, medyo naging predictable kami sa opensa. But no excuse magaling nilaro ng Judiciary.”
(You know that our best player, Senator Joel [Villanueva] is injured so we felt his absence. The leadership, the scoring, the passing, the threat in offense. So we might have been predictable in terms of offense but no excuses, the Judiciary played well.)
Sen. Joel Villanueva said, “Wala ako magawa kundi mag-cheer lang. But I’m positive next game sana makalaro na, daming injuries eh.”
(I can’t do anything save for cheering the team on. But I’m positive that in the next game, I will be able to play. I’ve got so many injuries.)
Based on the rules, top 3 Judiciary Magis will go against second placer Ombudsman Graft Busters who also hold twice to beat advantage.
The off-season playoffs will kick off at three in the afternoon in the Pasig City Sports Center. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV New & Rescue