AFP and Senate to go all-out at UNTV Cup Finals Game 2
UNTV News • March 11, 2019 • 1688
For AFP Cavaliers and Senate Defenders, UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals on Monday (March 11) is going to be a do-or-die Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Though the AFP is ahead by one game, they already want to end the series at Game 2 and claim their 3rd regular season championship trophy in the league for public service.
AFP Cavaliers head coach, Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said, “Sabi ko nga sa mga players, kailangan ibigay na lahat for Game 2, huwag nang isipin ang Game 3… since Day 1 nitong season, nag-usap kami na pilitin namin makuha ulit this year,” he said.
“Pero pinaka-importante kasi noon, sabi ko nga sa kanila, para makatulong kami sa beneficiaries namin [AFP Educational Benefit System Office] sa mga nangangailangan na fellow soldiers, pang-aral ng mga anak nila. Kaya medyo high-moral yung team, second lang yung individual na pwede ma-achieve. Una talaga yung makatulong sa beneficiary namin,” added Manucat.
Despite defeating the Senate in their first encounter, the AFP Cavaliers are not underestimating the Defenders.
“We know naman na ang defending champ [ay ang] Senate. Kami, ngayon lang ulit nakatungtong sa finals so yung pressure, napakataas sobra. Kaya, kumbaga ano lang talaga — puso, kung sino yung mas gustong manalo, kung sino yung gustong makatulong para sa beneficiaries, talaga yun na lang. May the best team win na lang talaga kasi hindi rin ganoon kadali makalaban ang Senate, dadaan ka talaga sa butas ng karayom,” power forward, Wilfredo Casulla Jr said.
As for the Senate Defenders, Game 2 is a now or never situation. And even though they came from an upset loss they want to remain optimistic of the chance that is left in this final series.
Assistant coach, Charles Fermin said, “Out of 40 minutes na laro, 38 minutes eh dominated namin di ba? Siguro talagang ganoon ang basketball, hanggang hindi tapos ang 40 minutes o overtime period eh hindi pa sa iyo ang ball game. Masakit pero iyon ang reality ng basketball. So, move on tayo, prepare ulet tayo sa Game 2 sa Araneta.”
On the other hand, Senate’s power forward, Ryan Mangaran said, “Bago lumabas ng court, binitawang salita nina Coach at Senator,’Hindi pa ito ang huling laro natin, may pagkakataon pa tayong lumaban sa Game 2. Ito ang sinasabing series eh, mayroon pa tayong pagkakataon bumawi sa Game 2 at Game 3.'”
Although this AFP-Senate battle is nearing its last salvo, both teams are looking beyond the competition.
Senator Joel Villanueva said, “Alam mo every Sunday, yung sacrifices that we have to make, yung mga committments namin, we give it up, even family, even yung mga events namin sa family… we try to, hanggang kaya, na-i-cancel or i-reset para lang makapunta sa UNTV [Cup] dahil, una, for the love of the game and at the same time, we know yung noble intention nitong liga na ito na makatulong sa beneficiaries.”
“Siyempre iba yun, eh, it’s something money cannot buy… kakaiba eh it’s one of a kind… kaya we laud the efforts and kudos to the leadership of UNTV Cup especially kay Kuya Daniel Razon na nakaisip nito. And then yung camaraderie namin dito sa Senado, kita nyo naman yung closeness and yung paggiging open namin sa isa’t isa, para talagang tunay na magkakapatid kami dito sa Senate Basketball Team,” he added.
“Yung pag-sali pa lang namin dito, that will be one of the most memorable events sa buhay ko considering na we’re playing and we are helping. Just like sabi nga Kuya Daniel na ‘Ang paggawa ng mabuti ay hindi magbubunga ng masama. So, ito yung basic example ng phrase na iyon”, AFP Cavaliers pioneer player SGT Alvin Zuñiga said.
True to UNTV Cup’s advocacy as the league of public servants, attendees can start availing services of different participating government agencies organized by the UNTV Action Center as soon as the coliseum gate opens at 4PM.
The agencies that will render public services are: Social Security System (SSS), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), PAG-IBIG Fund, NBI, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost).
The awarding of donations to the teams’ beneficiaries will be held during Game 2’s program.
Should the AFP Cavaliers end the series, their beneficiary will get P4,000,000 and Senate Defenders’ charity will have P2,000,000 unless the series will be extended to Game 3.
Other team’s beneficiaries will also be present for awarding which will be receiving P1,000,000 for 3rd place (NHA Builders), P500,000 for 4th place (PNP Responders).
And P100,000 each for the remaining team 10 teams that did not qualify for the Final 4.
UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 will be aired live on UNTV Channel 37, Monday at 9pm. — Raymond Lacsa
The DENR Warriors defeated the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao in the main game of UNTV Cup’s Sunday triple-header at Pasig City Sports Center.
With a final score of 80-77, the Warriors ended Kamao’s four-game winning streak.
The tandem of Ed Rivera (22 points, 8 rebounds) and Arturo Atablanco (5 points 4 rebounds and 7 assists) led DENR to victory.
While Desederio Asyon Jr listed 12 points and 10 rebound, Melvin Bangal gathered 17 points and Ralph Lansang contributed 14 points.
John Michael Jimenez’ 19 points, Jeffrey Punzalan’s 17 points and Eric Dela Cuesta’s 15 points all went down the drain.
The 13-0 run in the first 5 minutes of the first quarter was also substantial to Warriors’ victory.
“Lapses namin sa defense lalo na sa offense, nag-struggle kami noong first half, binigay namin laro ng DENR,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez admitted.
While DENR Warriors Head Coach Atty. Norlito Eneran said, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga players kasi they responded well. Ang challenge ko sa kanila ibigay natin yung laban na ito para sa aming kasamahan na namatay in line of duty, yun ay si Rolando Corpuz. Nabaril siya dahil sa paggampan ng tungkulin.”
To date, DENR Warriors are leading the Group B with 4-0-win loss record while the Kamao slides down to 4-1.
In the other games, AFP Cavaliers is ruthlessly reigning over the Group A of UNTV Cup after defeating its last opponent, the Ombudsman Graft Busters, at the 1st round elimination with final score of 92-74.
With a 5-0-win loss record, the Cavaliers advances to the 2nd round eliminations.
Wilfred Casulla with 18 points was hailed as Best Player of the Game together with Jerry Lumongsod with 17 points.
“Hindi pa naman doon natatapos yung trabaho namin. So, we have to prepare sa second round,” CPL Cornelio Sonny Manucat III, AFP Cavaliers head coach, said.
Concurrently, the PhilHealth Plus moved to a better position in a bid to advance to the second-round elimination after defeating the rookie team SSS Kabalikat, 104-80.
PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron said, “Itong panalo na to idini-dedicate namin sa aming beneficiary PhilHealth Provident Fund.”
With a 2-3-win loss record, the health insurers are in the 4th place of Group A in the league of public servants while the Ombudsman Graft Busters are on the 5th place with 1-3 ranking.
At the games between PITC and Ombudsman on November 17, 2019, it is possible to have a multiple-team tie ranking.
Should PITC win, the Ombudsman will go on early vacation. On the other hand, if Ombudsman wins by more than a 15-point lead, they will advance to the 2nd round and PhilHealth will be dropped. Otherwise, the PhilHealth will take their seat going to the next level. — Bernard Dadis
Being unbeaten in Group B of the league of public servants, DENR Warriors and Malacañang-PSC Kamao will settle on Sunday (November 3) at 5:00 pm, which one will remain untainted.
Both teams showed solid offense and defense strategies to overpower their earlier opponents this first round ellimination of UNTV Cup.
It gives the fans a glimpse of their hardwork in their practices, unity and brotherhood on and off the court and their intense desire to give back to the community through their chosen charities.
The Kamao represents the children with cancer at Philippine Children’s Medical Center while the Warriors will fight for the slain individuals while protecting the environment through Environmental Heroes Foundation Inc. (EHFI).
The Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Erik dela Cuesta, Javier brothers, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeffrey Punzalan through the mentoring of Coach Raffy Gonzales.
Meanwhile, Atty. Norlito Eneran will coach the DENR squad bannered by Ralph Lansang, Desiderio Ayson, Ed Rivera and Arturo Atablanco, who all scored in double figures their previous game.
In the other games, PhilHealth Plus must win against SSS Kabalikat in the first game, 2 pm, of triple-header to get a better chance to advance to the next round of the league.
Also, the defending champion AFP Cavaliers will duel the GSIS Furies in the second game, 3:30 pm.
UNTV Cup triple-header Sunday will be aired live via its channel on TV, website and in social media.
The game venue, Pasig City Sports Center, is free admission.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors clinched the next stage of the league of public servants, UNTV Cup, after beating the two-time champion Judiciary Magis last Sunday, 86-65.
It was a close fight until the third period when it was tied to 50-50 score but when the foul troubles started to set in in the final period, the Warriors took the opportunity to outscore the Magis with 36 points compared to only 15.
The Magis suffered from the absence of their clutch three-pointer Frederick Salamat and their defense-oriented center Vincent John Puno who could have contributed significantly to win the game.
Named as Best Players of the Game were Ed Rivera with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 steal and Desiderio Ayson with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1 block.
While its dynamic duo, Ralph Lansang and Melvin Bangal, scored 18 and 14 points respectively.
DENR Warriors Coach Norlito Eneran said in elation, “Masayang masaya kami at naglalaro kami sa team at iniaalay namin ito sa DENR. Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga assistant coaches ko… we will play as a team at ganoon pa rin ang magiging pagpupursigi namin next game.”
For Judiciary Magis, former Gin Kings Chester Tolomia produced 19 points and 11 rebounds, Herbert John Bergonio stepped up with 12 points and the same as rookie Ryan Dela Cruz.
With the loss, the Judiciary Magis is in danger of being eliminated.
In the other games, the National Housing Authority (NHA) Builders also claimed its ticket for the next round of the tournament as it downed the GSIS Furies with a final score of 80-68.
Also advancing is the Department of Agriculture Food Masters, now with 3-1 win-loss record, after handing the PhilHealth Plus its 3rd loss in the blowout game, 88-65.
With a 1-3 win-loss record, the health insurers must win in their next game against SSS Kabalikat to have a chance to get the 4th slot in Group A.
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All the game videos and segments are uploaded on UNTV Cup’s YouTube Channel UNTV Sports and its Facebook page: UNTV Cup. — Bernard Dadis
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