AFP Cavaliers advances to UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals
UNTV News • February 12, 2019 • 1895
For the third time, AFP Cavaliers scored another shot at bringing home the championship trophy from the league of public servants, UNTV Cup.
The men in uniform blew NHA Builders’ chances of qualifying as they swept the best of three semifinals series after an overwhelming victory in Game 2, 86-78, last Sunday (February 10) at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Darwin Cordero with 30 points and Wilfred Casulla with 17 points, were hailed as the Best Players of the Game.
“Hard work, pinaghirapan talaga ng team ito. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, marami kaming preparation. We are happy nagawa namin lahat,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.
(Hard work. We really worked hard for this. We really focused on winning this semi-finals. We really practiced hard, we had a lot of preparation. We are happy that we were able to do all of it.)
AFP also revealed that they had a hard time with NHA’s transition offense, but they were able to adjust.
Although the NHA dominated the rebounding department, they were shooting bricks from the outside. Out of their 14 attempts from the three point territory, they only made 3 shots while the AFP had 12 out of 30.
The AFP’s 11 steals and NHA’s 19 turnovers were also crucial to the result of the game.
“Nawala sa composure yung mga player ko, medyo napagod eh. Inabot pa kami ng sobrang malas sa three points, di maka-shoot, naaagawan. All in all nawala yung composure namin… ang dami naming error,” NHA Coach Benett Palad said.
(We lost our composure, we got tired. We were not connecting our shots and we lost a lot of possession. All-in-all, we lost our composure and we made a lot of errors.)
The Senate Defenders capitalized on their defense to be able to keep their chance at securing the UNTV Cup Season 6 champion title this season.
“We played interior defense. Yung mga penetration nila nachi-check namin (We were able to neutralize their penetration attempts). And then, we cannot stop Omiping. What we can do is contain him. So, I think we were able to contain him and the rest ng mga players nila (of their players). Hindi naman namin na pa-contribute (We stopped them from contributing). We got lucky in the end,” Senate Head Coach Mike Fermin said.
Best Players of the Game Reynaldo Malaga Jr had 30 points while James Ryan Mangaran contributed 17 points.
Due to Senate’s tough defense, two-time MVP and PNP’s main gunner, Ollan “The Sniper” Omiping was only able to score 12 points.
“Yung pinaka-lapses namin ang baba ng fieldgoals namin especially, sa labas… kailangan naming i-improve namin ang shooting sa labas. And the same thing, kailangan namin i-improve ang depensa namin,” PNP’s playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.
(Our main lapse was our field goals, it’s so low; especially our outside shooting. The same thing with our defense, we need to improve that.)
The winner in Game 3 of PNP vs Senate series will face season 2 and 4 champions, AFP Cavaliers in the Season 7 Finals. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue
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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