Malacañang, Judiciary, victors of UNTV Cup 5 Finals kickoff

The Judiciary Magis, led by Joey Yabut, ended on third place at the conclusion of UNTV Cup season 5 — the league of public servants.

Despite of it all, the entire team is satisfied with how the season concluded for them.

Judiciary Magis’ Joey Yabut said, “Maraming salamat sa mga sumusuporta sa amin. Kahit umabot lang tayo sa third place, nandyan pa rin kayo.”

(We thank all who supported us. Even though we just finished on third place, you’re all still there.)

On the other hand, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) Transformers also aimed at clinching the third spot but failed as the last buzzer of the ball game went off.

BOC Transformers Assistant Coach Bong Dela Cruz said, “Gusto naming manalo para sa charity namin…so next conference babawi kami na lang next conference.”

(We want to win for our charity… so next conference we will bounce back.)

Chester Tolomia and Warren Ybañez were both hailed as the best players of the game.

The Magis-Transformers battle for third place finished with 100-97 on the score board.

The Judiciary Magis received P1-million cash prize, while the BOC Transformers earned P500,000.  Their  respective winnings will be donated to the teams’ selected beneficiaries.

In the game one of the best of three championship series, Malacañang Kamao toppled the PNP Responders after a neck-and-neck hard court battle at the Pasig City Sports Center on Sunday by just one point, 82-81.

The policemen took an early advantage in the first quarter up to the third quarter.

But at the very crucial last quarter, with three key players of the Kamao team fouled out of the game, Ian Garrido, John Michael Jimenez and Vishnu Das Javier, Eric Dela Cuesta stepped up nailing down back-to-back four points leading the red jersey to victory.

For this, Dela Cuesta was hailed as the best player of the game together with Christian Luanzon.

Dela Cuesta said, “Basta ayun lang, hindi kami pine-pressure ni coach.  Having fun sa loob at i-enjoy lang namin ang game, makukuha namin ang game.”

( Our coach didn’t pressure us. We were just having fun in the court, and we just enjoyed the game then we would win the game.)

Christian Luanzon said, “As expected talaga, it was a tough game. Up to the last second, bago na-determine yung laro… ipag-pray nyo rin na yung nga we would come out at least hindi lang yung same effort at least mahigitan pa namin. Para sa inyo ito.”

(As expected, it was a tough game, up to the last second until the winner was determined… I ask our fans to pray for us that we would come out with a better effort than we had. This win is for you.)

Kamao’s Head Coach Louie Gonzales is satisfied with the outcome of his players performance.

Coach Gonzales said, “Again, it’s yung playing with purpose eh… mas mahalaga sa amin yung bakit kami naglalaro eh. Lagi ko sinasabi sa team namin yan….no reason para hindi namin ibigay ang lahat.”

(Again, it’s playing with purpose… the reason why we play is more important to us… I always say that to my team… no reason for us not to give it our all.)

On other hand, Coach Eric Samson’s side is determined to bounce back in game 2.

“Proud pa rin ako sa players ko… OK lang, bawi kami next game. May game 2. May dalawang game pa naman eh.”

(I’m still proud of my players… It’s OK, we will bounce back in the next game. There’s still game 2. There are still two games.)

Find out if the Malacañang Kamao can finally take home the UNTV Cup Season 5 trophy in game 2 on March 14 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum or if the PNP Responders can extend the series up to game 3. — Bernard Dadis / UNTV News & Rescue

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