Caidic, Helterbrand, Hizon show vintage form in Return of the Rivals
UNTV News • February 19, 2019 • 14237
QUEZON CITY, Philippines — The Big Dome was filled with cheers and thrills as legendary players in Philippine basketball history showed their fans they still have what it takes at Sunday night’s Return of the Rivals benefit game.
The crowd went wild during the Alaska versus San Miguel bout after Alaska Aces managed to lead by one point in the slow and friendly first quarter, 21-20.
And in the second quarter, the Alaska team intensified their triangle offense, leaving the San Miguel Beermen tailing behind by eight points.
The first half ended at 40-32, in favor of Alaska.
But in the third quarter, the Beermen stole the lead, 62-59.
And in the fourth and final quarter, with both teams racing for a win, the game just got even better.
“The Triggerman” Allan Caidic continued to fire up, with four more three-point shots raining down against the Alaska Aces.
And as the final buzzer of the ball game went off, San Miguel won, 96-83.
Allan Caidic was hailed the Best Player of the Game with 26 points, including six treys.
“I thank everyone who came. It’s more than the physical play, and whoever won or lost. What I’m glad about is the solidarity. And we saw our old supporters. It’s overwhelming. It’s a reunion indeed,” Caidic said.
Alaska Aces was led by Willie Miller who bucketed 21 points, and Johnny “The Flying A” Abarrientos who recorded a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
“The feeling is like returning to the good old days. The starting five, it took them like two, three minutes before they got into the groove. Those on the bench were saying, ‘It’s coming back. It’s coming back.’ They seemed to have amnesia. But the triangle [offense] came back. After that they were having fun,” Alaska Aces Coach Joel Banal said.
“It’s fun. There’s a huge crowd. They [the players] were not like that before. But it’s fun like a reunion. This also helps for a cause. I miss seeing a lot of people,” San Miguel Head Coach Jhong Uichico said.
And in the Ginebra versus Purefoods clash: the Big Dome crowd got even louder with fans cheering for the Manila Classico.
“The Fast” Jayjay Helterbrand and Vince “The Prince” Hizon were both hailed as the Best Players of the Game as they led the Gin-Kings to a win against archrival Purefoods.
Marlou “The Skyscraper” Aquino also contributed 15 points, together with Noli “The Tank” Locsin with 14 points, and Bal “The Flash” David with 12 points.
The Purefoods team, on the other hand, was led by Roger Yap with 27 points together with Paul Artadi and Tony Boy Espinosa who both bucketed 14 points.
Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez couldn’t help but reminisce the good old days.
“On this court is where I have grown to become a senior citizen. Of course, it’s time to reminisce those days. But what’s more important is that the fans enjoyed it. We did it for the fans, and to help our less fortunate colleagues,” Purefoods Head Coach Ramon Fernandez said.
Each winning team received P100,000 plus other prizes, while each best player of the game received P25,000 and additional prizes.
The players are thankful that the PBA Legends exhibition match for a cause was a success.
“The rivalry lives on indeed. We are blessed that this pushed through. This is for the crowd, for the fans, and of course for the PBA Legends Foundation. I hope there’s a part 2. We will bounce back,” Purefoods’ “The Captain” Alvin Patrimonio said.
While Ginebra’s “The Tank” Noli Locsin expressed, “I want to thank UNTV, and Kuya Daniel for the help you give us and those in need.” — Vincent Arboleda, UNTV News and Rescue
Season 7 third placer NHA Builders failed to defeat the defending champion AFP Cavaliers during their face off last Thursday with final score 86-84.
It will be recalled that the Cavaliers have beaten the Builders in the best of three semifinals series last season.
Former Letran Knights standouts Boyet Bautista and Air Man Jerry Lumongsod were hailed as Best Players of the Game with 17 points and 19 points a piece including a crucial 3-point shot from Lumongsod in the final one minute and 38 seconds for the AFP to get the lead, 83-80.
In the first quarter, the NHA Builders were ahead by 7 points against AFP, 19-12, led by Alvin Vitug who contributed 11 points that early.
But the AFP Cavaliers quickly recovered in the 2nd quarter and tied the game at 37 points.
And in the 3rd quarter, the AFP Cavaliers took the lead, 64-61.
The last period was a neck-to-neck bout as the games have tied many times.
NHA dominated the boards by 51 compared to 20 of AFP while the men in uniform assisted more, 14-9.
“It’s a hard-fought game, alam namin talaga na yung NHA malakas talaga yan since before dahil kumpleto rin sila. Siguro breaks of the game, sinuwerte lang kami noong huli,” AFP Cavaliers Corporal Sonny Manucat said.
NHA Builders Head Coach Benete Palad revealed, “Breaks din eh, hindi nagpapasok ang tira mga namin medyo napapabayan yung mga fastbreak nila, yung opensa nila pumasok yung mga three points. Medyo sinuwerte sila, overall maganda naman nilalaro ng players ko.”
In the other game, the rookie team DENR Warriors stayed undefeated after a triumphant bout over the Agriculture Food Masters, 94-85.
The Food Masters were leading over the DENR Warriors, in the first quarter and in 2nd quarter.
But in the 2nd half the DENR Warriors started to turn the game to their side as they took the lead at the end of the third period.
Aside from the tight defense of DENR, the bench players have stepped up too showing the depth of Warriors line up against the Food Masters.
“Sinabihan ko lang mga players ko na we have to remenber na we are playing as a team, if we continue individually tatambakan talaga tayo. Good thing, the team responded,” DENR Warriors Head Coach Dir. Norlito Eneran expressed.
“Noong nag-run na yung DENR ay nataranta na yung mga bata. Nawala na yung composure. Pero we lost to a better team,”Agriculture Food Masters Head Coach Rodney Santos said.
Ryan Abanes and Desiderio Ayson shined as the Best Players of the Game with 23 points and 18 points respectively.
Meanwhile, Malacañang-PSC Kamao toppled the PhilHealth Plus with a 98-91 victory.
With this win, the Kamao now holds a 5-1-win loss record.
“Noong first half, wala kami depensa, binigay naming laro kaya ang tapos ng score ng first half 47-all. Sinabi ko lang sa dug out, Guys hindi yan laro natin. Kailangan nating dumipensa ng maayos, kailangan nating magsakrapisyo kung gusto nating manalo,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzalez revealed.
Next Sunday, December 01, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao will face PITC Global Traders in the main game of the triple header while the AFP Cavaliers will face former 2-time champion Judiciary Magis in the first game and the Agriculture Food Masters will take on the NHA Builders after.
Games will still be played at San Juan Knights Gym live starting at 2PM with telecast, webcast and live streaming at UNTV Cup’s Facebook and YouTube accounts. — Bernard Dadis
GAME 1: Malacañang-PSC Kamao def. PhilHealth Plus, 98-91
Malacañang-PSC 98 – Dela Cuesta 20, Antonio 16, Javier 15, Besa 11, Jimenez 11, Roque 8, Javier 6, Punzalan 4, Gadong 3, Garrido 2, Ignario 2
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.
Former UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders must win against the multi-season finalist Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday (October 20) at Pasig City Sports Center to keep their bid for the next round in the league of public servants.
As a winless team in Group B, the Responders share the bottom two spot with the GSIS Furies.
After the first-round elimination, only the top four from each group will advance to the next round. The lowest two teams in each bracket will go on vacation early.
Tough as it may seem, they cannot afford to lose their three remaining games. But what they will be facing are the unbeaten Malacañang-PSC which flashes solid offense and defense prowess in all of its 3 games, the GSIS Furies and the reinforced two-time champion Judiciary Magis.
The Responders will basically still rely on Ollan Omiping, Anton Tolentino with the support from Richard Villanueva and rookie Mariano Flormata Jr.
While the Raffy Gonzales-coached Malacañang-PSC Kamao will be led by Eric dela Cuesta, the Javier brothers, Visnu and Narayan, Myk Jimenez, Ian Garrido with solid supporting cast: Joseph Besa, Michael Ignario and rookies Joseph Roque, Jeff Punzalan.
The PNP- Malacañang-PSC bout will take place at 5:00 pm, Sunday.
An explosive 2nd game is also expected as the multi-season champion AFP Cavaliers will take on the revitalized Department of Agriculture Food Masters.
At the helm of the Food Masters team is PBA Legend Rodney Santos who takes pride of hard-fought victories in their first two encounters against PITC Global Traders and Ombudsman Graft Busters.
In the other games, rookie team SSS Kabalikat will take on sophomore UNTV Cup team PITC Global Traders at 2pm.
SSS Kabalikat, being win-less also, need to win all their remaining games to prevent early eviction.
UNTV Cup can be seen live at Pasig City Sports Center for free or via Facebook and YouTube accounts and of course via UNTV channel and UNTV website.
GROUP A AFP Cavaliers 3-0 Agriculture Food Masters 2-0 Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2 PITC Global Traders 1-2 PhilHealth Plus 1-2 SSS Kabalikat 0-2
GROUP B Malacañan PSC Kamao 3-0 DENR Warriors 2-0 NHA Builders 2-1 Judiciary Magis 1-2 GSIS Furies 0-3 PNP Responders 0-2
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