Garri Sevilla (#33) was hailed as the Best Player with 18 points in the game between Senate Defenders and GSIS Furies on September 23, 2018 at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City. (Rodel Lumiares / Photoville International)
Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and NHA Builders kept their early edge in contrasting fashions at the UNTV Cup Season 7 match held last Sunday at the GSIS Gymnasium in Pasay City.
The Senate remains on top of the Group-A after toppling the GSIS Furies, 78-51. The game’s best player, Garri Sevilla, led the defenders to victory with his 18-point finish.
Head coach Mike Fermin said their intensified maneuvers were inspired by a near upset in the hands of swift-footed PITC Global Traders in their September 3 match.
“Collective effort lang kasi from the last game namin, lousy defense kami so parang chinallenge namin yung players to play individual players, stopper para we will not make them easy basket,” Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin said.
(It was a collective effort because in our last game, our defense was lousy, so we challenged the players individually so as not to give opponents some easy shots.)
“Importante ngayon na-realize namin is practice as a team,” GSIS Furies Coach Rene Boy said.
(What is important now is that we realize the importance of team practice.)
The NHA Builders also maintained their early Group B lead after routing the PhilHealth Plus, 103-100, to claim their second win.
Twin towers, Jessie Alastoy and Marvin Mercado, led the NHA by bucketing 13 and 19 points, respectively.
NHA head coach Bennet Palad attributes their victory to enhancing the team’s agility by observing their opponents moves.
“Malaki yung ginawa naming paghahanda. Alam ko quick ang team na ito, maliliit. So inaral namin yung lahat, yung safety, yung quickness nila,” NHA Builders Head Coach Bennett Palad said.
(We really prepared for this game because we know that Team PhilHealth is quick. So we studied everything: safety and their agility.)
The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, blames their second defeat to low energy and lack of able players.
“Una sa lahat marami tayong players na nasa injury kaya maraming wala. Pangalawa, naiwanan kami mababa yung energy namin noong first half but we made adjustments. Pero ang pinaka-critical dito siguro yung free-throw shootings , free-throw shootings namin masyadong mababa,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Dello Aseron II said.
(First of all, we have players who are injured. Secondly, we have low energy during the first half, but we made adjustments. But the most critical was our poor free throw shooting.)
The PNP Responders, meanwhile, snagged its first victory after clobbering PITC Global Traders in a heart-thundering game, 80–77.
PO2 Anton Tolentino’s buzzer-beater three-point shot thrown from beyond the court’s half served as the key to defeating the PITC. His 16-point finish earned him the best player of the game title.
“Well, yung depensa namin siguro lesson-learned kami against GSIS kaya naman kami nahabol kasi poor defense namin. Natuwa ako sa mga teammates ko hindi kami nag-give up, dumipensa. Sa palagay ko, yun talaga nagpanalo sa amin,” PNP Responders playing-coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.
(Maybe our defense during our game against GSIS was a lesson-learned. We lost then because of our poor defense. Now, in this game against PITC, I was happy with my team mates. We didn’t give up, we had good defense. I think that’s the reason why we won this time.)
“Part of the game eh, talagang breaks of the game kami natalo. I think we did better… nag-collapse noong first game pero this time naka-recover kami was down by 11 when it started. Noong first half medyo sabog kami, pero nakabalik naman yung mga boys. Along the way we will be better,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Vic Ycasiano said.
(Losing is really part of the game. I think we did better… it may have collapsed during the first game [with Senate] but we recovered this time [with PNP]. We were down by 11 points when it started. We were a mess during the first half , but we were able to recover. Along the way we will be better.) — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News and Rescue
GAME 1: NHA defeats PhilHealth, 103-100.
Quarter Scores: 32-23, 60-43, 82-74, 103-100
Box Scores: 103
M. Mercado 19, J. Dizon 16, J. Alastoy 13, M. Dizon 13, A. Vitug 10, W. Tibay 9, C. Torrente 6, S. Crisostomo 6, A. Lustestica 5, J. Mahamud 2, J. Forbes 2, A. Adolfo 2
Box Scores: 100
J. Aldave 31, M. Pedroso 28, K. Emata 13, E. Pacheco 13, I. Mazo 11, E. Malana 4
GAME 2: PNP defeats PITC, 80-77.
Quarter Scores: 18-16, 45-40, 63-60, 80-77
Box Scores: 80
O. Omiping 23, A. Tolentino 16, J. Criste 15, C. Santiago 12, R. Cabrera 6, R. Serrano 4, J. Cabahug 2, R. Abaya 2
PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 77
H. Porto 33, L. Lopez 8, R. Vassallo 8, M. Gecale 7, M. Macabasco 6, D. Almarinez 6, A. Taplah 4, R. Regalado 4, J. Melaño 1
GAME 3: Senate defeats GSIS, 78-51.
Quarter Scores: 18-12, 32-27, 57-41, 78-51
Box Scores: 78
G. Sevilla 18, J. Sanders 10, H. Ng 8, J. Mangaran 8, R. Balboa 8, J. Angara 7, M. Legaspi 6, K. Paraoan 4, R. Malaga 3, R. Golding 2, M. Omega 2, J. Flaminiano 2
Box Scores: 51
R. Banzali 16, J. Abugan 16, N. Nuyana 6, K. Ilano 5, A. Martinez 5, A. Sunga 2, F. Dorato 1