Manila, Philippines [8/31/2016] The opening of the UNTV Cup Season 5 and the arrival of basketball enthusiasts flooded at the Mall of Asia Arena on August 29th 2016. For this season, 13 teams will vie for the championship title and their chosen charity.
A crowd of excited fans arrived early to get the best seats and to meet up close and personal of their favorite team players. The crowd outside the MOA, cheering their and singing as they waited for the gates to open.
In anticipation of the much-awaited opening, singers Jay R and Jed Madela serenade the crowd on their current hit singles. On the lighter side, AJ and Le Chazz entertains the crowd with their funny tag lines. Both a veteran in stand-up comedy.
The introduction of the 13 groups is followed by Fortunato “Atoy” Co’s announcement with minor changes consist of 2 groups. Here as follows:
Ombudsman Graft Busters
DOJ Justice Boosters
Welcome the new team, the BOC (Bureau of Customs) Transformers which is supported by Commissioner Nicanor Faeldon. Marlou Aquino also joins the team joining fellow veteran Kenneth Duremdes.
A ceremonial toss between the AFP Cavaliers and the Senate Defenders’ start of the opening game. On the first 2 quarters, both teams are having a hard time making points. AFP won the first game with a score of 85- 71.
Apalit, Pampanga, Philippines The UNTV Cup Season 5 Ang Liga ng Public Servants opening ceremony will take place at the SM Mall of Asia Arena on August 29, 2016. Biggest surprise is that “Pambansang Kamao” and Senator Manny Pacquiao will be joining the team Senate Defenders. Both senators’ Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara is a fan of the boxing champ.
Setting aside of his boxing gloves, now with the Senate Defenders jersey, will they be the one to beat? Will Manny Pacquiao help to knock other teams?
Pasig City, Philippines — The first tap of the ball goes to the PNP Responders as the second game at the Ynares Sports Arena is once again attended by the supporters of both teams.
The first quarter is a close game fight with a 19-16 score in favor of the PNP Responders. Harold Sta. Cruz had been a factor for the PNP’s team’s stability in terms of defense inside the basket. The defense force of the Responders plays a critical factor against the Cavaliers. Forcing AFP to play outside the 3 point area wherein the Cavaliers lost its flow of shooting range. They took advantage to play a man to man game. Rebounders for Cavaliers injured their scoring and committed a back to back lapse and forced turnovers in the 3rd and 4th quarter.
Cramming for the ball of the PNP and a superb defense of the Responders, as Yanquiling played as the stopper for the Cavaliers’ running game. The collaboration of the coaches and players’ strategic play made easy for the players to find an open spot to go for the score.
The offensive play of the AFP Cavaliers is low with its impatient players under the basket. Boxing off the ball is the main problem of the Cavaliers. Their transition game and inconsistent shooting range outside and the lack of scorers under the basket paved way as the Respondents took advantage to a back to back score.
Through end of the second half, 33-28 as the PNP Responders scores ahead of the Cavaliers. 3rd quarter
In the first minute of the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers had sliced the lead of the Responders by one point forcing a turn over and another at the transition play of the Cavaliers. AFP’s running game is answered by the Cavaliers and converting every play into points. 2 minutes in the end of the 3rd quarter, the 3 point shot by the Cavaliers is quickly answered by a quick lay-up by the Responders; ending in a 41-41 score at the end of the 3rd quarter crunch game. 4th quarter
Eugene Tan fires a 3 point shot at the 4th quarter. But De la Cruz blasted a critical 3 point shot and an unconverted 3 point shot attempt by the Cavaliers. Abaya of the PNP snapped a 3 point shot basket leading them to 5 point lead, 42-47 in favor of the Responders.
A short jump by Casulla cuts the lead but the fast break offense of the Responders ignited as an unselfish pass of Japhet Cabahug for an easy 2 for Abaya and Casulla cut the lead by 3. But the unstoppable Ollan Omiping blasted an important 3 point shot for a 6 point Responders lead.
Coming from a 9 minute time out, cramming and uncoordinated play for the AFP lead to a disastrous game for the Cavaliers and a total of 14 fouls for the team Cavaliers. An assist and a fake pass of Cabahug resulted an easy 2 to Misola for the Responders.
The corner play of the AFP Cavaliers had anticipated by the PNP Responders for a fast transition, thus, frustration of the AFP Cavaliers resulted the 3 point shot of Ollan Omiping – 2 tripples in the 2nd half. Zuniga tried a 3 point clutch but the ball did not score.
Harold Sta. Cruz with a free shot and a 15 point rebound. Last two minutes play with a score 66-54 lead by the Responders. Cabahug with 5 assist and less than a minute, Cabahug scored another point and a free throw. The game ended with a score of 74-64 win of the #PNP Responders.