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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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Army recovers firearms, ammo after NPA clash in Negros Oriental

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, January 21st, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 302nd Brigade
recovered various weapons and paraphernalia from members of the
New People’s Army (NPA) after encountering the rebel forces in Brgy. Tacpao, Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental on Saturday (January 19) at dawn.

The shootout lasted for fifteen minutes before the rebels finally retreated.

Government troops recovered one .45 caliber pistol, ammunition for M16 and AK47 rifles, a handheld radio and three berets sporting a five-pointed red star which symbolizes the communist ideology.

There were no casualties or injuries reported on the government side.

Pursuit and clearing operations by the military will continue in the area. —Lalaine Moreno | UNTV News & Rescue

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GIS EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Gary Alejano wants to strengthen PH maritime affairs if elected in Senate

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Magdalo Party list Representative Gary Alejano wants to push for the establishment of a Department of Maritime and Oceanic Affairs if given a seat in the Senate.

On the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday (January 15), Alejano said he wants to focus on issues that concern the country’s maritime rights.

Alejano is among those critical of the Duterte Administration with regard to the issues in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) because of the government’s alleged lack of action to drive away China in the said territory.

The lawmaker also opposes the conduct of a joint exploration in the area because, according to Alejano, it will mean that the Philippines is surrendering to China its rights to the WPS.

Alejano believes that China would somehow pull back its reclamation activities if the Philippines’ action will affect its reputation as a superpower.

“The moment na lalabas sa international community na ito palang China is rising irresponsibly, na bully siya at hindi sumusunod sa international law, sino pa ang gustong sumanib sa kanya?” Alejano argued.

“Kaya nga depende, sa kanila po iyon. Sa atin naman, we can rally the world against China. Ibig sabihin we can use the ruling as our leverage but it doesn’t mean that we will close doors with China,” he said.

But the lawmaker said that though they may disagree on some issues with the Duterte administration, they support it at some point such as the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), salary increase and the enactment of the National ID system, free irrigation and free tertiary education.

“Kasi nangyari po ganito, kung meron mang pupuri sa ginagawa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon kukunin yan doon sa kanyang kaalyado,” Alejano said.

“Kapag meron namang pagbabatikos, pagpupuna sa kasalukuyang administrasyon… lumalabas na puro batikos lamang kami. Hindi po. Nandito para kontrahin just for the sake of kontrahin at pigilan ang kaunlaran ng bansa,” he further noted.

Should be given the chance in public office, Alejano also wanted to establish measures to provide further protection to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) should they decide to retire in their home country such as the OFW pension system. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Senate, NHA bag first quarterfinal wins

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Senator Joel Villanueva fires from the three-point territory during the game between the Senate Defenders and PITC Global Traders on January 13, 2019. (Paul Aquino / Photoville International)

Defending champions Senate Defenders sustained their impressive showing in the continuing elimination rounds after routing the PITC Global Traders at the start of the quarterfinals of the UNTV Cup Season 7 at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

Senate defeated PITC, 65-59, after Best Players of the Game awardees Senator Joel Villanueva and Rommel Balboa led the Defenders to victory with their combined 33 points.

“I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. Sabi nila sa akin basta good shot libre kesa mag-commit ng error. Take the shot, let it fly. So, nag-stick ako sa trust and confidence ng teammates ko. So, I made a few baskets, [and] most of all ang pinaka-importante, we were able to win the ball game,” Sen. Villanueva said.

(I wasn’t making my shots the first few quarters. They told me that if it’s a good shot and you’re free [ take the shot ] instead of committing error. So, I stuck to that trust and confidence of my team mates. So, I made a few baskets, and the most important all, we were able to win the ball game.)

Senator Sonny Angara was not able to join the game due to a prior engagement but he still showed up to express support for his team.

“Tuloy pa rin ang preparasyon. Wala ng mahinang team dito sa natitirang team. Lahat pwedeng mag-champion kung tutuusin kaya kita mo very close ang laro natin. So, kailangan talagang paghandaan ang lahat ng team,” Sen. Sonny Angara said.

(Our preparation continues. There’s no more weak teams left. All teams here in the quarterfinals are capable of winning the championship title that’s why you saw in our game today it was very close. So we really have to prepare for our games against these remaining teams.)

Senate head coach Mike Fermin said the Defenders improved their form after rookie PITC tried to upset them in the season’s opening game last September.

“So, coming to this game, usapan namin hindi na dapat maulit, sa dulo dikit. So buti pa nga medyo nandoon naman ang composure ng mga players. Sila Senator Joel saka Senator Sonny sila talaga nga ba-bond ng team,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(So, coming to this game we agreed that it should not happen again that in the end game the battle should be toe-to-toe. Fortunately, the composure of my players was there. Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara, they really bond the team.)

PITC Head Coach Victor Ycasiano, meanwhile, expressed disappointment over the dismal performance of his team during the quarterfinal game.

“Hindi ko nakita yung players ko yung dati kung gaano sila ka aggressive. Kanina wala ako nakita sa kanila na aggressive.”

( I did not see in my players the same aggression they used to have. None of them played aggressively.)

“Yung sa akin, yun lang ang pakiramdam ko we are not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play,” Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(As for me, I just felt that were not ready to play today’s game. We were not here to play to win, we’re just here to play.)

Also off to a winning start this round are the NHA Builders who managed to clobber the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 78-72.

Clark Torrente was hailed as Best Player of the Game for firing 14 points, four rebounds and one steal.

“Sinabi ko lang na mag-focus saka yung intensity hanggang sa dulo lagi kami nagku-collapse sa huli eh. Minsan nag-oover confidence, minsan tinatamad, nawawalan ng gana. So, ang sabi ko lang ang pinaka-importante sa lahat yung dulo, hindi yung umpisa, so i-sustain lang yung laro mula umpisa hangang dulo. We have to start strong, finish strong,” Coach Bennett Palad said.

(I told to my players to focus and their intensity should be maintained until the end because we usually collapse in the end game. Sometimes, we tend to be over confident, to be lazy and uninterested. So I said, the most important of all is the final minutes not the beginning of the game, so we must sustain our play until the end. We have to start strong, finish strong.)

“Sama rin ng laro ng ibang players ko, shooters ko di gumana. Pero proud pa rin ako sa boys ko kung ano yung pinakita nila ngayon,” Coach Raffy Gonzales said.

(We had an off night; my gunners were not effective. But I am still proud of my boys and what they showed in today’s game.)

So far, NHA and PITC both hold five wins and five loses among the four teams battling in the quarterfinals. Senate leads the list with 7-3 win-loss record followed by Malacañang-PSC with six-four record.

The teams will play three games each in the round robin for the quarter finals.

The two teams that will place at the bottom of the standings will be eliminated while the remaining two will advance to the semis to duel with the AFP Cavaliers and PNP Responders in the best of three series. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Rescue

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