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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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AFP, Senate keep lead; PhilHealth notches 2nd win at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

PhilHealth Plus’ team and fans celebrate as the awarded Best Player of the Game Kenneth Emata sink the game-winning buzzer beater 3-point shot to lift their team to another victory, 2-2. (MAIA GARCIANO / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 21

2:00PM – GSIS vs PITC
3:30PM – Agriculture vs Judiciary
5:00PM – PNP vs Senate

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines kept their share of the Group-A lead after defeating their respective opponents in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday, October 14, 2018.

The Senate defeated the Department of Justice Boosters, 87-72 after blocking the latter’s fast transition offense plays to chop down their early edge in the ball game.

Jeffry Sanders lifted the Defenders with his 23-point finish, 20 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 blocks that earned him the best player of the game title.

“Half time, sinabi namin ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’  In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time,” Senate Defenders Coach Mike Fermin said.

(During the half time break, we said ‘We have to stop their transition offense.’ In doing that, we should be stopping the ball all the time.)

“Noong later part na, out of frustration na yung mga galaw eh… yun lang ibang players napu-frustrate na, doon kami nagkagulo, medyo nawala sa focus,” DOJ Assistant Coach Jessie Montivirgen said.

(At the later part of the game, our plays were out of frustrations… some of our players were frustrated then. That’s when our game broke down, we lost our focus.)

The AFP Cavaliers also scored their third straight win after clobbering the rookie PITC Global Traders, 78-68.

Jerry Lumongsod led the Cavaliers by bucketing 19 points, including five from the three-point area, 5 assists, four rebounds and steals and a block, earning him the best player of the game award.

“Medyo mataas yung morale ng team, since the start ng league… we will take one game at a time,” AFP Cavaliers Head Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat III.

(Team’s morale is quite high since the start of the league… we will take once game at a time.)

The PhilHealth Plus, meanwhile, gains their second victory after upsetting the Malacañang-PSC Kamao, 90-87.

Kenneth Emata’s buzzer-beater three-point shot served as the key to defeating the Malacañang-PSC after both teams scored 87-all in the last part of the game. His 9-point finish with Jonathan Aldave’s 36 points earned them the game’s best players title.

PhilHealth now holds 2-2 win loss record while this is Malacañang-PSC’s first loss of the season.

“Nagkulang kami sa Defense namin, ball rotation din namin kulang, so kailangan din namin I work out yun,” Malacañang-PSC Kamao Coach Raffy Gutierez said.

“As promised kahit kulang kami ng players, kahit maraming challenges, injury it will not stop us. Dahil dito po sa laro ng UNTV Cup, puso talaga ilalaban namin para sa beneficiaries namin at kami po ay nakikiisa sa magandang adhikain ni Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel na gamitin namin ang aming talento sa basketball para manalo para sa aming chosen beneficiary,” PhilHealth Plus Head Coach Delio Aseron II said.

(As promised, even though we don’t have enough players, despite the challenges and injury, it will not stop us. Because in this game of UNTV Cup, we will fight with our hearts for our beneficiaries. We are one with the noble advocacy of Bro. Eli Soriano and Brother Daniel Razon of using our talent in basketball to help our chosen beneficiaries.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

 

THE SCORES: 

GAME 1: Senate defeats DOJ, 87-72.

Quarter Scores: 20-21, 44-23, 67-60, 87-72

Senate Defenders
Box Scores: 87
J. Sanders 23, G. Sevilla 15, E. Villanueva 10, M. Omega 10, R. Balboa 8, H. Ng 7, J. Angara 5, J. Mangaran 5, J. Flaminiano 3, R. Malaga 1

DOJ Justice Boosters
Box Scores: 72
D. Rayos 16, C. Cruz 11, J. Lopez 10, E. Mabazza 10, C. Borile 7, J. Villegas 7, R. Viterbo 4, L. Lagunzad 4, M. San Juan 3

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeffry Sanders (23 points, 20 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks)

GAME 2: PhilHealth defeats Malacañang-PSC, 90-87.

Quarter Scores: 21-26, 45-48, 68-73, 90-87

PhilHealth Plus
Box Scores: 90
J. Aldave 36, M. Pedroso 19, I. Mazo 13, E. Pacheco 10, K. Emata 9, J. Hierro 3

Malacañang-PSC
Box Scores: 87
V. Javier 20, M. Antonio 17, E. Dela Cuesta 17, J. Jimenez 8, J. Gadong 7, N. Javier 6, R. Abalos 4, J. Besa 4, I. Garrido 2, A. Catipon 2

BEST PLAYERS OF THE GAME: Kenneth Emata (9 points, 2 rebound and 1 assist) and Jonathan Aldave (36 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block)

GAME 3: AFP defeats PITC, 78-68.

Quarter Scores: 25-17, 43-27, 66-48, 78-68

AFP Cavaliers
Box Scores: 78
J. Lumongsod 19, D. Cordero 17, W. Casulla 11, B. Bautista 10, J. Quiambao 6, E. Rosopa 4, P. Fernandez 3, E. Tan 3, R. Araneta 3, R. Almerol 2

PITC Global Traders
Box Scores: 68
H. Porto 23, R. Vasallo 18, M. Gecale 5, A. Taplah 4, J. Melaño 4, M. Juan 4, L. Lopez 4, D. Almarinez 2, R. Regalado 2, M. Macabasco 2

BEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jerry Lumongsod (19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block)

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Senate, AFP aim for 3-0 at UNTV Cup 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, October 12th, 2018

Senate’s defense was so effective that they were able to limit GSIS’ main gunner James Patrick Abugan to just 16 points. (Myvn Fernandez / Photoville International)

 

Games on Sunday, October 14

2PM – Senate vs DOJ
3:30PM – Malacañang-PSC vs PhilHealth
5PM – AFP vs PITC

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

UNTV Cup Season 6 champion Senate Defenders and the Armed Forces of the Philippines will try to keep their share in the Group-A lead when they clash against their respective rivals in the seventh edition of the UNTV Cup on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

The Senate will go up against the Department of Justice Boosters at two in the afternoon while the AFP will collide with the rookie PITC Global Traders at 5 p.m.

The Defenders and Cavaliers are looking to score their third straight wins in the ongoing elimination rounds.

Senate Coach Mike Fermin said his team spent the last two weeks conditioning their minds and bodies in preparation for the contest with the Boosters.

“Tuluy-tuloy lang ang training, conditioning… more on conditioning, polish pa rin sa depensa kasi may lapses pa rin… actually kung di kami maka-depensa di kami maka-iskor,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

(We continue to train, condition… more on conditioning, polishing our defense because we still have lapses. Actually if we don’t run defense we can’t score,” Coach Mike Fermin said.

AFP Coach CPL Cornelio ‘Sonny’ Manucat, meanwhile, motivates his players to hold on to their instincts as they prepare to go against the swift-footed and lithe Global Traders.

The PITC has been gunning for their first win after suffering consecutive defeats in their last two matches.

“May tendency kasi na mag-relax every time pagka nakikita nila na kaya nila kalaban, which is bad for the team kasi madadala mo yan, sabi ko killer instinct lang all the time and hopefully, we take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we win the game,” AFP Cavaliers Coach CPL Cornelio “Sonny” Manucat said.

(We tend to relax when we think the opponent’s easy. It’s actually bad for the team. I told them we need to maintain the killer instinct. We need to take it one game at a time. Hopefully, we’ll win the game.)

“Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising marami pa… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time,” PITC Global Traders Head Coach Victor Ycasiano said.

(Along the way, we’ll be better, this is a new team… it’s very promising… we still have a lot to give… next time we’ll be bouncing back again and we will try to win it this time.)

Fresh from their morale-boosting win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, the PhilHealth Plus is eyeing to claim a second win when they tangle with the robust Malacañang-PSC Kamao at three p.m.

Malacañang is also shooting for a third straight win to share the top spot in Group-B with the National Housing Authority.

“Malacañang is a very good team, malalaki sila kumpleto ang team nila. Siguro ang bentahe namin, yung puso ng players namin. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course sa mga supporters namin sa PhilHealth Plus,” Coach Delio Aseron said.

(Malacañang is a very good team, their big and complete. Maybe our advantage is the heart of our players. We will be inspired to play our best for our beneficiaries and of course, our supporters in PhilHealth Plus.) — BERNARD DADIS / UNTV News & Rescue

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DOJ bags first victory at UNTV Cup Season 7

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, October 1st, 2018

DOJ’s #22 Lyncir Paolo Lagunzad and #17 Jose Marie Villegas applying pressure defense on GSIS’ #31 Franklin Dorato. Jose Marie Villegas (15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 blocks) and Paul Lagunzad (11 pts and 1 stl) received the Best Players of the Game honors after securing the win for the Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter in both departments, offensively and defensively. (Madz Milana / Photoville International)

 

Games on Wednesday, October 3

(Telecast on Sunday, October 7)

2PM – PhilHealth vs Ombudsman
3:30PM – Agriculture vs NHA
5PM – PNP vs AFP

Venue: Pasig City Sports Center

 

It was a slow start for the GSIS Furies as their main gunners are not on the floor, Rene Boy Banzali and James Abugan.

DOJ Justice Boosters, led by Justine Lopez, controlled the first 6 minutes of the game.

But when GSIS scored combo when Banzali and Abugan stepped in, the flow of the game changed.

From 12-5 lead of DOJ until 2:15, the lead was cut to 1, 12-11 at 1:35, after as six-point run from Banzali and Abugan.

The first quarter ended with 15-13, still in favor of DOJ.

The second quarter was a drought for both teams with a low scoring percentage. DOJ shot 5/19 (26%) while GSIS with 2/10 (20%).

Remel De Viterbo led the DOJ with 5 points in this quarter together with Christian Cruz’ 4 points.

While Banzali, Abugan and Ilano contributed 3 points each.

It’s 29-24 at the half with DOJ on the lead.

The 3rd quarter was a roller-coaster ride.

With a 9-0 run GSIS took the lead by 1 point, 33-32, after a fastbreak from playing coach Rene Boy Banzali at 6:18.

With a 14-0 run at 5:07, a connected 3-point shot by Kenneth Ilano, blew the lead to 6, 38-32.

And GSIS further piled the lead as much as 10 points but with 12-3 run, DOJ fought back ending the 3rd quarter with just a lead by the GSIS, 48-47.

In the final period, DOJ Justice Boosters emerged as the better team shooting 55% in the field compared to a poor 29% FG production of the GSIS Furies.

Paul Lagunzad and Jose Marie Villegas led the DOJ in scoring with 7 points each while Kenneth Ilano carried GSIS with 9 points.

This 7-point edge of DOJ Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter scoring 24-17 against the GSIS Furies was enough to attain victory with the final score 71-65.

Jose Marie Villegas (15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 6 blocks) and Paul Lagunzad (11 pts and 1 stl) received the Best Players of the Game honors after securing the win for the Justice Boosters in the 4th quarter in both departments, offensively and defensively.

DOJ gets their first win of the season while GSIS gets their 2nd loss.

In the other games, Department of Agriculture Food Masters defeated the Ombudsman Graft Busters, 85-67.

Sherwin Silva (15 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block) and Henry Fernandez (23 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist) bagged the Best Player of the Game award.

While the Malacañang-PSC Kamao stunned the Judiciary Magis in a championship-caliber game, 74-70.

Eric Dela Cuesta who produced 20 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals received the best player honor. — UNTV New Media

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