Two-time champion, AFP Cavaliers, took down Season 6 champions, Senate Defenders, in Game 1 of the best of 3 series of UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.
The Cavaliers’ key in the come-from-behind victory was their patience in demolishing the gap through tough defense and effective offensive plays.
The Defenders’ lead went up to 14 points in the first half.
The AFP was trailing behind Senate all throughout the game with 11 point-Senate lead from the 3rd quarter until the 1:29 of the 4th quarter, when they took the lead via Eugene Tan’s 3 points shot, 74-73.
Jerry Lumongsod was hailed the best player of the game who made the crucial three-point-shot in the last 3:24 of the game when the momentum favored them cutting the Senate lead to just 1 point, 69-70.
Lumongsod was also the one who partly-sealed the game after connecting two crucial free throws, giving the Cavaliers to seal in a 3-point-lead with just 10.4 seconds left in the game.
All-in-all the BPG had 14 points, 2 rebounds and 1 block.
Another important contributor was Eugene Tan, who made a significant 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.
Among the crucial plays of the game was Tan’s steal in the last 10 seconds of the game when the Senate Defenders had the chance to tie the game.
Darwin Cordero also handed in 16 points while Boyet Bautista had 15 points.
AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said, “Sabi ko nga sa kanila never give up, di ba? Attitude! Sabi ko two-time champion tayo, nandito na tayo sa finals hindi natin pwede pabayaan. All my players paid off. Sabi ko continue yung systema natin, yung game plan natin. Hopefully, we paid off.”
“Credit to Senate team yung defense nila noong first half, amazing. Okay? Nakuha nila yung first half namin pero at least yung second half naka-recover kami. Sinuwerte.”
[I told to my players not to give up. Attitude! We are two-time champions, we are already in the finals, we should not take this for granted. All my players paid off. I told them to continue our system, our game plan. Hopefully, we paid off.]
Meanwhile, Senate Defenders was led by Jeffry Sanders with 24 points, Garri Sevilla with 18 points and Marlon Legaspi with 10 points.
Senate Defenders Head Coach Mike Fermin recounted, “Instead na kami ang nag-build ng tempo ng game, sumunod kami sa tempo nila. Eh, nag-slow down sila, kami nag-slowdown din. Noong first half, tumatakbo kami that’s why we were able to build comfortable lead pero yun na nga, lapses on the end game.”
(Instead of dictating the tempo of the game, we followed AFP’s tempo. When they slowed down, we slowed down, too. In the first half, we were running that’s why we were able to build a comfortable lead. But then again, we had lapses on the end game.)
In the other game, the NHA won 3rd place, taking the P1,000,000 prize for team’s chosen beneficiary, NHA Provident Funds, after defeating the PNP Responders.
PNP, on the other hand, got P500,000 prize for team’s chosen beneficiary: the Public Assistance for Rescue, Disaster and Support Services (PARDSS) Foundation International, Inc.
Watch the Game 2 of the best of three finals of the League of Public Servants’ 7th Season, on March 11, 2019, Monday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum and on UNTV channel, Facebook and website. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News and Recue / with contributions from Raymond Lacsa
NHA (73) — A. Vitug 31, M. Mercado 16, J. Dizon 11, W. Tibay 9, A. Lustestica 6
PNP (70) — A. Tolentino 21, O. Omiping 15, H. Sta. Cruz 9, R. Cabrera 7, J. Misola 5, R. Villanueva 5, R. Abaya 2, R. Decena 2, R. Serrano 2, A. Bayabao 2
Quarterscores: 11-18, 39-35, 57-52, 73-70
AFP (76) — E. Tan 18, D. Cordero 16, B. Bautista 15, J. Lumongsod 14, R. Pascual 6, W. Casulla 5, J. Quiambao 2
SENATE (73) — J. Sanders 24, G. Sevilla 18, M. Legaspi 10, J. Mangaran 8, R. Balboa 7, H. Ng 4, M. Omega 2
by Aileen Cerrudo | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
During the flag ceremony of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday, the AFP Cavaliers officially gave their 4 million grand prize to their beneficiary, the AFP Educational Benefits System Office (AFP EBSO).
According to AFP Cavalier team captain Sgt. Alvin Zuñiga, they chose AFP EBSO to help in the education of children of fallen soldiers.
“It is our way of doing it the best that we could para mabigay namin iyong P4-M sa mga beneficiary kasi alam namin na mas maraming matatawid na estudyante na mag-aaral ng EBSO (It is our way of doing it the best we could for us to the P4 million to our beneficiary because we know EBSO can provide a lot of scholarships to students),” he said.
He is also grateful to UNTV for the opportunity it has given to help the scholars of AFP EBSO.
“Sa UNTV lalo na kay Kuya Daniel at kay Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team at ng buong AFP lubos na nagpapasalamat sa malaking pagkakataon na ibinibigay sa amin. Patuloy niyo pa pong palakasin at pagandahin ang ating tournament alang alang po sa mga beneficiary na matatawid at matutulungan po ng ating programa, maraming maraming salamat po sa inyo(Thank you to UNTV, Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli in behalf of AFP Cavaliers team and the whole AFP. Continue to strengthen our tournament for the beneficiaries that are helping our program. Thank you),” Zuñiga adds.
AFP EBSO chief Col. Antonio Dulnuan said the money they received from the AFP Cavaliers will help 233 students.
“Iyong ating programa covers elementary to college, tuloy tuloy po iyan, basta pumasa and we will support them giving them free tuition fee, allowance at miscellaneous na binibigay sa kanila kahit saang eskwelahan, [Our program covers elementary to college and it will continue as long as they pass the entrance examination, we will support them by giving them free tuition fee]” he said.
Meanwhile, AFP Chief of Staff, Gen. Benjamin Madrigal Jr is proud of the achievement of the AFP Cavaliers and its contribution to the armed forces.
“What you have achieved is no small feat yet you have consistently manifested utmost excellence, compassion and patriotism that will serve as an inspiration to do more, to gave more and be more,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Despite finishing third at the UNTV Cup Season 7, the National Housing Authority (NHA) basketball team, NHA Builders, still enjoyed the opportunity to donate P1,000,000 to their chosen beneficiary: the NHA Provident Fund.
Since joining the League of Public Servants in 2014, the NHA Builders have been providing for their chosen charity.
The NHA Provident Fund was created in 1981 by the first general manager of NHA, Retired Major General Gaudencio Tobias. It was established as a way of providing support to the employees of the agency through loans and extending assistance to dependents of employees who passed away.
“It’s a big help to the members and to the members’ dependents. Malaking tulongtalagaito[It’s really a big help]. It became an additional working capital to our welfare fund because many of our employees are getting older,” NHA Provident Fund Chairperson Wilma Hernandez said.
“For Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli, thank you very much. This tournament helps a lot to our provident fund and of course to our players. I wish that you will continue with this tournament. It is a worthy endeavor. We are looking forward to a continuing relationship with your team and our team also. Thank you very much,” Chairperson Wilma Hernandez added.
The players and coach were happy with what they achieved this season and promised to do better in the next season.
“Regardless samga challenges napinagdaanan, maswerte kami pumasok kami sa Final 4. Pero yungmapanalunannaminyung 3rd place, this is one-step higher sana-achieve namin last season (Regardless of the challenges we faced, we were lucky to be part of the Final 4 teams this season. But to win the 3rd place, this is one step higher from what we have achieved last season),” NHA Builders’ Chief-of-Staff Atty. John Christopher Mahamud said.
“Nakakatuwa dahilmado–doblenaminyungmaibibigaynaminsa beneficiary namin — from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season— sa Provident Fund (I feel happy because we will be able to double our grant to the NHA Provident Fund; from P500,000 last season to P1,000,000 this season), NHA Builders shooting guard Alvin Vitug said.
“We are one step higher ngayon di ba? Next year, season 8 gusto nanaminlumabansa championship. Hindi nanaminpapakawalanito(We are one step higher. Next year, season 8, we want to battle for the championship title. We will not miss the chance),” NHA Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad. — UNTV Cup Staff
by UNTV News | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Even though PNP Responders just finished 4th place in the seventh season of the league of public servants, they were still entitled to donate P500,000 to their chosen beneficiary.
The cash prize was awarded on March 11, 2019 during the UNTV Cup Season 7 Finals Game 2 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
PARDSS Foundation International has been PNP’s chosen beneficiary for 2 season’s now and in an off-season edition in 2018.
The Peace Action and Rescue with Dedication to Serve the Society (PARDSS) is a SEC-registered non-governmental organization with a mission to assist the PNP and other local government units in promoting peace, unity, public safety and development in the country.
The organization has almost 300 chapters in the Philippines and abroad conducting activities such as feeding programs, relief and rescue operations in times of calamities and disaster, assisting some communities of indigenous people, providing school supplies and shoes for destitute students and organizing medical and dental missions to name a few.
Arcie Fabon, the founder and president of PARDSS Foundation, says that part of their advocacy is to be an anti-crime entity in the society, “Sa bawat chapter po namin ine-endorse po namin sa chief of police sa malapit na station sa kanilang lugar. So dahil po dito nagiging katuwang po ng kapulisan ang ating PARDSS Foundation members sa pag-monitor, gathering information. Dahil po doon, natutulungan po namin sila [PNP] sa kanilang kampanya kontra krimen, kontra droga.”
(We endorse our chapter members to the local PNP officials for us to be of help. We usually help the policemen in monitoring and gathering information which is vital to PNP’s campaign against crime and drugs.)
In the latest executive face off before UNTV Cup Season 7 began, PNP Responders were able to donate P1,000,000 to PARDSS Foundation as championship prize. Part of the prize went to the acquisition of a parcel of land in Taytay, Rizal where they plan to build their national headquarters. The remaining amount went to the purchase of some rescue equipments, medical supplies and as budget for their relief operation in Bataan and Albay.
“Sa amin pong PNP Responders, sa pangunguna ni Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, ang director ng PNP-PCRG, maraming maraming salamat po sa ikatlong pagkakataon na kami ay maging inyong beneficiary,” PARDSS Foundation President Arcie Fabon expressed.
(To PNP Responders, led by PNP-PCRG Director Chief Police Chief Superintendent Rhodel Sermonia, thank you very much. For the third time you chose PARDSS as your beneficiary.)
“To Kuya Daniel and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Dahil po sa inyo, nagkaroon ng UNTV Cup charity basketball league. At dahil po sa inyo, maisasakatuparan ang pangarap ng aming samahan na mas makatulong pa sa ating mga kababayan,” Fabon added.
(To Kuya Daniel [Razon] and Bro. Eli Soriano, thank you for inspiring us to help others. Because of you, a charity basketball league like UNTV Cup came into existence. And also because of you, PARDSS dream of helping more is getting into reality.) — UNTV Cup Staff
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