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PNP books UNTV Final Four berth

(The Philippine Star) - February 2, 2016 - 9:00am

MANILA, Philippines – Ollan Omiping and Harold Sta. Cruz took charge in the clutch as Philippine National Police dethroned Judiciary in overtime, 85-82, to nail a semifinal berth in the fourth UNTV Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City over the weekend.

A two-time MVP, Omiping erupted for a season-high 35 points highlighted by four triples to lead PNP past Judiciary after trailing majority of the way en route to a return stint in the semis.

Sta. Cruz, who once played for the Philippine Patriots in the ASEAN Basketball League, chipped in 12 markers, including a tough drive that forced overtime.

The Responders, who came into the game with a twice-to-beat edge, will face Metro Manila Development Authority for a spot in the finals.

MMDA, however, has a twice-to-beat advantage over PNP in their series that will start on Feb. 12.

Also shining for Estong Ballesteros-mentored PNP were rookie Anto Tolentino and Rodel Ongutan, who also came through with clutch baskets. Ongutan shattered an 82-all count with a free throw before Tolentino, who earlier buried a triple, scored two free throws in the last 6.8 seconds to seal the win.

 

ANTO TOLENTINO AND RODEL ONGUTAN BASKETBALL LEAGUE CRUZ ESTONG BALLESTEROS FEB METRO MANILA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OLLAN OMIPING AND HAROLD STA PASIG CITY PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE PHILIPPINE PATRIOTS YNARES SPORTS ARENA
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