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
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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