The AFP Cavaliers did not give any chances for Senate Defenders to recover in the best-of-three UNTV Cup Season 7 finals series where the men in uniform defeated the defending champion at their face-off on Monday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum with final score of 88-78.
In the first period, both teams exchanged defensive and offensive plays rapidly but, in the end, the Senate Defenders led by 4 points, 18-14.
But the men in uniform started to dominate the Senate team in the 2nd quarter.
The lead of the Cavaliers blew up to 10 points, 62-52, led by the scorching Jerry Lumongsod who bucketed 11 points.
The Defenders tried to rally back but it was not enough because Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumongsod were on fire, shooting 5 threes. All in all, the AFP team made 11 three-point shots while Senate only had two.
Champion coach Sonny Manucat said, “Talagangpinaghirapannamin, since day 1. Talagang sabinaminsaisa’t-isa, nagkaroon kami ng commitment napipilitin naming kuninulityung championship…with God’s grace, etobinigaysaamin [We really worked hard for this since Day 1. We all agreed to aim for another championship… with God’s grace, we achieved it].”
Jerry Lumongsod was hailed as the best player of the game and Finals MVP with 26 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and 1 rebound.
“Sobrang saya, second season ko sa UNTV Cup nakuhanaminyungkampyonato. Ako pa yung Finals MVP, talagang overwhelmed [I am very happy. In my second season at UNTV Cup, we earned a championship title and I am also the Most Valuable Player in the Finals. It’s really overwhelming],” said the Air Force Cavalier.
AFP’s rookie player Darwin Cordero also added 19 points while the “Bullet” Boyet Bautista listed 18 points and center Jeffrey Quiambao dropped 11 points.
As for the Senate Defenders, Season 7 MVP Jeffrey Sanders produced 13 points, James Mangaran and Harly Ng got 12, Marlon Legaspi got 11, while Rommel Balboa connected 10 points.
Senator Sonny Angara said, “Unang-una, congratulations sa AFP Cavaliers, very deserving silanamagingkampeon. At pasalamat kami ulitsa UNTV Season 7, pitongtaon ng pamimigaypo, palaki ng palaki. Thank you mulasaamingmga beneficiaries yung Kyte Foundation, sakayung Pangarap [Foundation]. Scholarship po at mga gamut. Marami pong matutuwa at salamat [Firstly, congratulations to the AFP Cavaliers. They are really deserving. Thank you to UNTV Cup, seven years of giving and the league continue to grow. Thank you also from our beneficiaries, Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation. [Our cash prize will be used for] scholarships and medicines. Many will be happy. Thank you].”
“Yung sa amin, sinubukan namin pero talagang kinulang. Kung effort lang pag-uusapan, hindi naman kasi kinulang pero ang galing ng shooting ng AFP [On our part, we tried but it really fell short. But talking about effort, we did a lot but AFP was its best in shooting],” the senator explained.
The champion, AFP Cavaliers will be able to donate their cash prize of P4,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: AFP Educational Benefit System Office.
The Senate Defenders, on the other hand, will receive P2,000,000 for their charities: Kythe Foundation and Pangarap Foundation.
AFP Cavaliers now holds the record of being the first team to have 3 regular season champion titles and will have the opportunity to be the first team to have a back-to-back championship come Season 8. – Bernard Dadis
AFP (88) – J. Lumongsod 26, D. Cordero 19, B. Bautista 18, J. Quiambao 11, E. Tan 5, W. Casulla 4, R. Pascual 3, R. Almerol 2
Senate (78) – J. Sanders 13, J. Mangaran 12, H. Ng 12, M. Legaspi 11, R. Balboa 10, R. Malaga 9, M. Omega 6, G. Sevilla 5
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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