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GSIS stuns PNP at UNTV Cup Season 7 first salvo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, September 10th, 2018

James Patrick Abugan, GSIS #14, was hailed as the best player of the game in the battle of PNP Responders and GSIS Furies on September 9, 2018. Abugan put up a massive 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block to help playing coach Rene “Boy” Banzali win its first win. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)

GSIS Furies shocked the UNTV Cup Season 5 champion PNP Responders at their first game in the seventh season of the league of public servants on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Pasig City Sports Center.

Furies’ James Patrick Abugan put up 31 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block, prompting him to be chosen as the Best Player of the Game.

Among Abugan’s production was the crucial 3-point shot that kept the GSIS hope alive in the last 2 minutes and 26 seconds of the game. It cut the lead of the PNP to just 2 points, 81-79.

Another important field goal that the ‘Best Player’ made was the lead-giving shot in the last 20.6 seconds of the game, 85-83.

Shooting Guard Aaron Martinez also added 2 important points to further bury the PNP, 87-83.

The policemen tried to come up with a recovery plan but time was not on their side.

PNP Responders was in control for most part of the game until GSIS’ patience and persistence paid off in the last minutes of the game.

Playing-coach Rene Boy Banzali said, “Sobrang saya namin, kasi actually medyo late na yung preparation namin. Nakita niyo yung coaches wala kami, so nakita niyo nag-usap usap na lang kami.”

(We were very happy [ with this win] though our preparation for this game were quite late already. As you can see, we even lack in coaching staff so we just coordinated with each other.)

Banzali added 27 points while Kenneth Ilano delivered 15 points for the Furies. While Olan Omiping had 20 points and rookie PO1 Rollie Serrano gave 16 points for the PNP Responders.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture Food Masters frustrated the returning Philhealth Plus, 105 – 95.

Philhealth was dominating the Agriculture department until the third quarter when the Food Masters took the lead when the buzzer ended, 75-74.

The fourth quarter was consumed with Coach Zaldy Realubit’s boys flexed their muscles and left the Delio Aseron-coached team behind, 105-95.

DA Head Coach Rizaldy Realubit said, “Team na yung Philhealth, kahit ano na ginawa namin noong second quarter, nag-zone na kami nalulusutan nila kami, nag-tao tao kami ganoon pa din. So noong naka-adjust na kami noong nag-zone kami at hinigpitan namin yung defense namin sa shaded lane doon nakabawi na kami.”

(The Philhealth team were so solid. We did zone defense, man-to-man defense but to no avail. After adjusting to the strategies and intensifying our defense, we began to recover and take control of the game.)

The Best Players of the Game honors were given to Emerson Oreta with 23 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and Christian Demetera with 21 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES:

GAME 1: Department of Agriculture defeats Philhealth, 105-95.

Quarter Scores: 24-28, 49-54, 75-74, 105-95

DA Food Masters
Box Scores: 105
E. Oreta 23, C. Dematera 21, H. Hernandez 19, M. Manigo 12, E. Daja 11, S. Silva 8, J. Comerciase 4, M. Lim 3, M. Mangrobang 2, E. Lacson 2

Philhealth Plus
Box Scores: 95
J. Aldave 31, M. Pedroso 29, I. Mazo 14, E. Malana 9, E. Pacheco 7, K. Emata 2, J. Alfeche 2, J. Hierro 1

GAME 2: GSIS defeats PNP, 87-83.

Quarter Scores: 15-21, 37-37, 60-65, 87-83

GSIS Furies
Box Scores: 87
J. Abugan 31, R. Banzali 27, K. Ilano 15, P. Dela Cuadra 6, A. Sunga 4, D. Bunyi 2, A. Martinez

PNP Responders
Box Scores: 83
O. Omiping 20, R. Serrano 16, A. Tolentino 11, C. Santiago 8, J. Criste 8, H. Sta. Cruz 8, J. Misola 5, J. Cabahug 4, J. Saracho 3

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NHA shocks Judiciary at UNTV Cup 7 premiere

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

NHA Builders’ Jessie Alastoy (#16) and Marvin Mercado (#22) not willing to give Judiciary Magis’ main gunner Chester Tolomia (#29) an easy shot. (Marlon Bonajos / Photoville International)

UNTV Cup Season 6 4th placer NHA Builders proved they are among the teams-to-beat after routing two-time champion Judiciary Magis, 73-68, in the charity tournament that is offering P4-million to the winning team’s chosen charity.

The NHA needed a decisive run mid-way through the payoff period to surprise the Judiciary in their match at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday.

The heroic moves of Marvin Mercado and Alvin Vitug led the Builders to beat the Magis by bucketing 22 and 18 points, respectively.

NHA Builders’ Head Coach Silverio “Benett” Palad said, “Noong third quarter nakita nila hindi sila pwedeng mag-kanya kanya. So they worked as a team, they worked as a family.”

“Sa darating namin na ensayo mag-ha-hard practice pa rin kami, saka yung depensa rin medyo nawala rin noong bandang huli,” Judiciary Magis coach Joey Yabut said.

The AFP cavaliers, meanwhile, drew 26 points from former Letran star Boyet Bautista and waylaid the DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.

The AFP’s win put the Cavaliers in the same level with opening-day winner and defending champion Senate Defenders.

“Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy ngayon. Nadagdagan kami ng dalawang players, isang malaki saka isang medyo maliit. Basically, medyo bumata kami ngayon siguro makakasabay kami nang maayos ngayon,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach Corporal Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III said.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao, meanwhile, dumped the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72, despite the 25-points bucketed by the latter’s reinforcement player, Luis Palaganas Jr.

Eric dela Cuesta was hailed as the Best Player of the Game with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 4 steals.

Malacañang-PSC Kamao Head Coach Raffy Gonzales said, “Sinabi ko naman sa players ko napaka-importante ng bawat game ngayon sa atin. Sana magtuloy-tuloy, siyempre nag-reready rin kami. One game at a time lang kami.”

“Kailangan lang namin talaga i-solid yung depensa namin, saka yung mga lokal namin kailangang mag-step up… saka si Bernzon Franco hindi sya 100 percent kaya walang katulong si [ Luis ] Palaganas,” Ombudsman Graft Busters Coach Ricky Alcantara said.  —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue.

 

THE SCORES

GAME 1: AFP Cavaliers defeats DOJ Justice Boosters, 109-87.

Quarter Scores: 32-16, 54-34, 78-52, 109-87

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 109
B. Bautista 26, J. Lumongsod 16, W. Casulla 15, D. Cordero 14, R. Almerol 7, J. Quiambao 6, P. Fernadez 6, V. Evidor 5, A. Zuñiga 4, M. Mendoza 4, E. Rosopa 2, R. Pascual 2, R. Araneta 2
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DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 87
E. Mabazza 19, J. Lopez 18, C. De Lucas 8, J. Villegas 8, L. Lagunzad 7, D. Rayos 7, R. De Viterbo 6, M. Moises 5, A. Vitero 4, C. Borile 3, I. Cabrido 2

 

GAME 2: Malacañang-PSC Kamao defeats Ombudsman Graft Busters, 101-72.

Quarter Scores: 28-15, 56-32, 80-52, 101-72

Malacañang-PSC Kamao
Box Scores: 101
E. Dela Cuesta 14, V. Javier 14, N. Javier 11, J. Javier 11, I. Garrido 10, J. Besa 10, M. Ignario 9, J. Magadia 8, A. Catipon 5, M. Antonio 4, G. Gadong 3, R. Abalos 2

Ombudsman Graft Busters
Box Scores: 72
L. Palaganas 25, R. Lumague 10, B. Franco 10, E. Escudero 6, W. Romero 4, E. Elmido 3, F. Palacio 3, F. Baldonado 3, A. Sanchez 2, C. Lasam 2, M. Veloso 2, E. Ojerio 2

GAME 3: NHA Builders defeat Judiciary Magis, 73-68.

Quarter Scores: 20-22, 34-34, 50-45, 73-68

NHA Builders
Box Scores: 73
M. Mercado 22, A. Vitug 18, W. Tibay 10, A. Lustestica 8, J. Alastoy 8, A. Adolfo 3, S. Crisostomo 2, J. Dizon 2

Judiciary Magis
Box Scores: 68
C. Tolomia 27, W. Ybañez 15, F. Salamat 6, V. Puno 5, E. Mustre 4, R. Malinao 4, J. Rabino 4, J. Serrano 2, R. Chua 1

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Judiciary, NHA first clash at UNTV Cup Season 7 set on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Supreme Court’s Court Administrator Justice Jose “Midas” Marquez (#1) in action during a UNTV Cup off-season game with the Senate Sentinels. This seventh season the two-time regular season champion the Magis will start by facing the young and dynamic NHA Builders. (Lian Opol / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, September 16
2PM: AFP Cavaliers vs DOJ Justice Boosters
3:30PM: Malacañang-PSC Kamao vs Ombudsman Graft Busters
5PM: Judiciary Magis vs NHA Builders
VENUE: Pasig City Sports Center – FREE ADMISSION

 

The Supreme Court and National Housing Authority basketball teams are set to debut for the seventh season of the League of Public Servants on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on September 16 at Pasig City Sports Center.

Judiciary Magis will be led by their executives Court Administrator Jose “Midas” Marquez, Judge Jacob Montesa II and Judge Manuel Gerard Tomacruz with reinforcements of former professional basketball players who are also now employees in the high court: Chester Tolomia, Don Camaso and Warren Ybañez.

The two-time regular season and one-time off-season champion, Magis, has been in drought since 2015 but has already won a total of at least P4,000,000 for their chosen beneficiaries.

Meanwhile, the young and dynamic NHA Builders will be led by former MVP Antonio Lustestica, John Derrick Dizon, and Marvin Mercado with a strong support form Marvin Ladia, Waldemar Tibay and Alvin Vitug.

The team, coached by former Ginebra player, Bennett Palad, has achieved a final 4 seat in Season 6, finishing as 4th placer and earning P500,000 for their chosen charity.

In the other games, the Malacanang-PSC Kamao will clash with the Ombudsman Graftbusters at 3:30 p.m.

The President’s men will be led by Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and PACC Commissioner Greco Belgica together with John Paul Yamamoto, Ian Garrido and Visnu Das Javier.

This season they will be joined by a strength and conditioning coach, a 6’5 former San Beda Red Lions cager Martin Lloyd Antonio.

The Kamao has already been to the regular season finals thrice, (Seasons 3-5-6) but to no success yet.

While the Ombudsman Graft Busters, this season, will get a boost for their campaign from Bernzon Franco, a former professional basketball player who also played for them in Season 4 and in BOC Transformers in Season 5.

The Graft Busters most successful run in the league was in the recently Off-Season games wherein they finished as 2nd placer with a prize of P500,000 for their chosen beneficiary.

Meanwhile, at the first game of the triple-header on Sunday, the former two-time regular season and one-time off-season champion AFP Cavaliers will collide with the DOJ Justice Boosters.

The Cavaliers is expected to field their new recruits on this battle: a 6 foot 6 inch center Private First Class Ezer Rosopa and a 5 foot 10 inch guard Airman Second Class Darwin Cordero.

The Justice Boosters led by an executive PCGG Commissioner Reynold Munsayac on the other hand will get some boostings from their reinforcement players: Eric Mabazza, Jose Marie Villegas, Donnie Rayos and Lyncir Paolo Lagunzad.

Another attraction to every UNTV Cup games are the public services offered on the venue organized by UNTV Action Center through the participation of various government agencies.

UNTV Cup, the brainchild of public service advocate, Dr. Daniel Razon, aims to foster camaraderie among participating government agencies through their common passion for basketball and playing for a humanitarian endeavor.

This Sunday starting at 2:00 p.m., the audience at the Pasig City Sports Center can avail the following services:

— National Housing Authority: Help and Information desk

— PAGIBIG: Info desk, application form and online verification

— PHILHEALTH: Member’s Data Record, ID releasing and information desk

UNTV Cup games can also be watched worldwide via www.untvweb.com.

 

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PNP, GSIS to duel in UNTV Cup Season 7 second game on Sunday

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018

 

Senate Defenders’ Sen. Manny Pacquiao drives strong to the goal during their game against the PITC Global Traders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum. Catch the telecast on Sunday at 2 PM before the regular elimination games of the UNTV Cup Season 7.

 

Games on Sunday, September 9
2PM – Telecast of Senate Defenders vs PITC Global Traders
3:30PM – DA Food Masters vs Philhealth Plus
5:30PM – PNP Responders vs GSIS Furies
Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

Its eyes on the prize for the PNP Responders this season as they vow to bounce back from the stinging loss they suffered from Season 6 champions Senate Defenders.

The PNP was unable to defend their hard-won season 5 title when Senate swooped in on them in last season’s quarterfinals.

PNP Responders Assistant Coach PO3 Artemio Marquez said the Responders are raring to quench their thirst for the championship this seventh edition, vowing to employ more aggressive tactics and higher endurance levels to reach the finals.

“Hindi naman kami tumitigil sa ensayo kasi mayroon kaming regular na liga sa loob ng PNP. So magkakalaban man sila yung physical ano nila nama maintain nila… well practiced kami ngayon,” Assistant Coach Marquez said.

The PNP junior cagers also draw inspiration from their seniors who bulldozed all their opponents on their way to UNTV Cup Executive Faceoff Finals this year.

 “Siyempre nakakahiya sa ating mga bossing kung kami ay medyo bababa…  yung aming executive, champion sila so pipilitin namin [ magaya ] yung champion nila,” Marquez added.

Aside from  improving their stamina, the PNP Responders are also relying on their new players namely PO1 Richard Villanueva from NCRPO, PO1 Rollie Errano from MPD and Cyril Santiago, who stands 6’4 and formerly played for the MMDA  Blackwolves in Season 2 and for FEU Tamaraws in early 2000.

 “They already have the system eh kasi proven na naman nag-champion na sila… filing in the gaps yung sa akin kung kailangan nila ng more on offensive rebound defensive rebound, defense …some points …yun ang ibibigay natin,” Cyril Santiago relayed.

The PNP Responders are set to duel against GSIS Thunder Furies on Sunday, 5 PM at the Pasig City Sports Center. —  Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue

 

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