UNTV Cup Debuts Off-Season Game with “Clash of the Three”
UNTV Cup’s charity and hardcourt actions continue as the basketball league opens today its first ever off-season game featuring the legendary “Clash of the Three.”
Clash of the Three
Setting a record in the Philippine basketball tourney, the country’s Executive, Legislative, and Judiciary branches will showdown on the hardcourt of Ynares Sports Arena to win half a million pesos for their chosen beneficiaries.
The off-season match will run from August to October this year and the participating teams will play a double round-robin every Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena. The top two teams will battle in the finals at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Among those expected to play are TESDA Director General Secretary Joel Villanueva for Team Executive, Senator Sonny Angara and Congressman Niel Tupas, Jr. for Team Legislators, and Supreme Court Administrator Justice Midas Marquez for Team Judiciary.
Media Team, featuring Kuya Daniel Razon as one of the key players, will also join the off-season game as an expansion team.
Besides the main games, UNTV Cup will also hold a 3-point shootout competition for the four teams where the winner gets an additional 100,000 pesos for their charity institutions.
UNTV Cup Season’s Throwback
UNTV Cup is Philippines’ pioneering basketball tournament for charity participated by various government units. From Sing and Shoot events, a charity match between public servants and celebrities, seasoned broadcaster Daniel Razon laid out the idea of a regular basketball-charity on TV.
“UNTV Cup is one of the projects we came up with since we know a lot of people in the government agencies, as well as celebrities, who are fond of playing basketball. But this time, they’ll be playing for a better cause,” Kuya Daniel, also famously called Mr. Public Service, remarked during the kick-off party of Season 2.
The tourney started its first season on July 29, 2013 with Team Judiciary taking the championship title. Team AFP won the Season 2’s championship match against Team PNP. Season 2 kicked off last February of this year.
Team Executives and Team Legislators were first seen played on the breathtaking public service exhibition game during UNTV Cup Season 2 Finals last month, marking history in the field of basketball.
UNTV Cup Season 3 will open in October following the finals of the Off-season game. (Carmi Tongol-Anecito / Hazel David)
(Video: UNTV News Posted in Youtube)