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