Charity basketball tournament pits gov’t officials, senators in Executive Face-Off
UNTV News • May 23, 2017 • 4930
MANILA — UNTV Cup supporters have more to cheer for as the annual charity basketball league that features public servants from the three branches of government, raises the stakes this season.
Previous seasons have seen regular government personnel turn into hard court superstars.
This time, executive officials aged forty and above will have their chance to battle it out at UNTV Cup’s off-season game Executive Face-Off.
Yesterday, the six joining teams were formally introduced.
These are PNP Responders, BOC Transformers, Senate Sentinels, AFP Cavaliers, DOJ Justice Boosters and Judiciary Magis.
National Capital Region Police Office Regional Director, PDIR Oscar D. Albayalde of PNP Responders said “This is really good. This is one way of fostering camaraderie and of course, unity and cooperation among the agencies of the government.”
Brigadier General Gener Del Rosario of AFP Cavaliers said, “The different government offices were very busy and this is the best venue for us to mingle, to bond, to see each other and to talk with each other especially the public servants.”
And as always since its first season, UNTV Cup aims to fulfill its advocacy of helping those in need.
“Well, first of all, we are thankful to God and to everyone who participated…Like before, this is the continuation of public service we are doing. Each team still has its own beneficiary who will receive its prize. So this is still for charity and this is still for public service,” Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon said. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Warriors are now on the cusp of winning the UNTV Cup Season 8 title after routing the defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Cavaliers, 90-73, in Game 1 of their best-of-three championship series on Sunday at Paco Arena in Manila.
Warriors dominated the ball game from the first quarter and successfully thwarted attempts by the Cavaliers to block their shots in the third quarter.
In the last quarter, the seasoned Cavaliers still tried to pump in more points with top players Romeo Almerol, Darwin Cordero and Jerry Lumongsod.
But the rookie team Warriors, led by Coach Norlito Eneran, defended tightly and rotated the ball so well that it posted impressive scores from the field to finish the game in double digits.
DENR’s Ralph Lansang and Ryan Abanes were picked as best players of the game after scoring 20 and 14 points, respectively.
Ed Rivera added 15 points to DENR’s score while Desederio Ayson Jr. provided 14 points and Melvin Bangal with 13 points.
Coach Eneran admitted the team had to work doubly hard in order to clinch the title on their first try against the veteran Cavaliers in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.
“Ang sikreto ko itong nasa likod ko, yung mga coaching staff talagang pinagtrabahuhan nila ito. Nag-isip kami, nag-analyze paano tatalunin ang Champion na AFP. Talagang hirap, sakripisyo,” Eneran said.
The team was also boosted by the support from their colleagues at the DENR, led by Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu and other top officials.
“I’m very happy because aside from giving service to the people especially sa ating different departments, we are Department of Natural and Resources. We are providing the service to people, now we would like to entertain with this basketball, so maraming salamat kay Mr. Daniel Razon,” Cimatu said in the sidelines of the ballgame.
“Nag-paid off ang sakripisyo namin… Palagay ko, the biggest factor is ‘yung suporta ng departamento. You see all these people, kahit hindi ka panalo enough na eh. ‘Yung exposure na ibinigay ng UNTV, nakikita na we are doing something for Manila Bay yun na po yun, panalo na po yun,” Environment Undersecretary Ernesto Adobo said.
The Warriors aim to complete a series sweep as they go against the Cavaliers for another game on Monday, March 9 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Game 2 will reveal whether the rookie team will take home this season’s title or the Cavaliers will be able to force a do-or-die Game 3. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Bernard Dadis)
The two-time champion Judiciary Magis will move to UNTV Cup’s 2nd round of elimination after it defeated the season 5 champion PNP Responders in their do-or-die match last Sunday at Pasig City Spots Center, 78-72.
Former professional basketball player Warren Ybañez led the Magis with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
According to Warren, one of their secrets in winning this game is trust.
“Sinabi lang namin […] trust our team mates, magtiwala sa kakampi, dumipensa, mananalo kami sa game na ito,” BPG Warren Ybañez said.
While according to Coach Joey Yabut, their zone defense was effective that’s why their players were not exhausted.
“Ang ginawa namin conditioning noong Friday. Ang sabi ko lang sa kanila last game na natin ‘to kung di tayo mananalo, mas mahaba ang pahinga, siguro lahat ng lakas nila inilabas nila ngayon.”
For the PNP Responders, SPO3 Anton Tolentino Jr led the team with 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block with the support from 2-time MVP Olan Omiping with 17 points.
As for the fate of the whole PNP Responders team next season, Coach Eric Samson said he is leaving it up to the PNP management.
“As of now, mare-reflect namin yung mga pagkakamali especially this game di ba? So sa mga sumusuporta sa PNP Responders, keep supporting us, next year, babalik yung team na ito sigurado,” the head coach of PNP Responders said.
With this win, Judiciary Magis advances to the next stage of the competition while the PNP Responders bid farewell for the meantime together with GSIS Furies for Group B.
In the other games, PITC Global Traders will also proceed to the 2nd round elimination of UNTV Cup after beating the Ombudsman Graft Busters with final score of 87-70.
With this victory, PITC will join PhilHealth, Agriculture and AFP to the next phase of the tournament while the Ombudsman Graft Busters and SSS Kabalikat will go on early vacation in preparation for the next season in the league of public servants, UNTV Cup. — Bernard Dadis
Game 1: PITC def. Ombudsman , 87-70
PITC 87 – Taplah 26, Vasallo 17, Juan 12, Regalado 11, Martin 10, Lopez 8, Gecale 3
Coming from an exhausting double-overtime loss against the NHA Builders last October 13, the two-time UNTV Cup champion Judiciary Magis must double their efforts to win their remaining games to keep their campaign alive in the league of public servants.
The Magis, bearing 1-2-win loss record, will collide with the undefeated rookie team DENR Warriors in the first game of the triple header, 2 PM, on Sunday at Pasig City Sports Center.
Judiciary Magis head coach Joey Yabut said, “Nakakalaban namin doon sa liga ng COA [ang DENR], so alam naman din namin ang laro nila maliban na lang duon sa big man nila, yung [Ed] Rivera kaya siguro pag-aaralan namin. Kailangang manalo kami doon, kung matatalo kami, siguro di na kami aabot sa second round.”
DENR Warriors admit that they are just beginners, thus it will be a great task to beat the former champion.
“Basically, itutuloy lang namin yung pag-work namin as a team. Yun ang importante sa amin yung mag gel talaga ang team,”DENR Director for Legal Affairs Service Atty. Norlito Eneran said.
“Magagaling naman, naniniwala ako sa players namin. What we really wanted was really yung transition defense pagka-magawa alam namin offense will just come,” DENR USec. Ernesto Adobo Jr. expressed.
Meanwhile, the NHA Builders want to get its third win to claim their ticket to the second-round eliminations.
With 2-1-win loss record, the NHA Builders will face the win-less GSIS Furies.
PBA Legend and NHA Builders head coach Silverio “Bennett” Palad said, “Kailangan namin magkaroon ng intensity, kailangan namin mag-focus sa laro kasi kailangan namin manalo eh kasi kapag hindi sa kabilang team baka doon kami masabit.”
Meanwhile, in the main attraction of UNTV Cup Sunday games, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters will try to avenge their loss against the defending AFP Cavaliers last October 13.
The Food Masters must also win against PhilHealth Plus in order ensure advancement to the next round.
While PhilHealth Plus, having 1-2-win loss record, is situated in a must win situation as it faces possible elimination.
UNTV Cup games can be watched live at the venue for free with live telecast, webcast on UNTV Cup official website and Facebook and Youtube accounts. — Bernard Dadis
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