AFP, PNP go for clincher vs foes
Jerry Boy Saracho of PNP shoots the ball against defending champion Senate in the UNTV Cup semis at the Pasig City Sports Center.
AFP, PNP go for clincher vs foes
(The Philippine Star) - February 9, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) try to seal another title showdown as they go for series-clinching wins over their respective semis rivals on Sunday in the seventh UNTV Cup at the Pasig Sports Center.

Unlike in a thrilling 78-76 win over the National Housing Authority Builders in the opener of their best-of-three semis series, the AFP Cavaliers target a hot start in their 3 p.m. duel in the hope of scoring a trouble-free win this time arond.

That’s also the mission of the PNP Responders when they clash with the defending champions Senate Defenders in their 4:30 p.m. encounter in the event organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.

Led by former University of the East player Ollan Olivar Omiping and Jerry Boy Saracho, the Responders gained a headstart in their own semis series by eking out a scary 79-74 win.

PNP and two-time champion AFP met in the finals two years ago with the Responders finally nailing their first championship after three failed tries, including against the Judiciary Magi three years back.

On their part, the Cavaliers managed to squeak past the Builders of coach Bennet Palad through the heroics of Jerry Lumongsod.

Ex-Letran star Boyet Bautista topscored for the Cavaliers with 20 points but it was Lumungsod who turned the game around in their favor with two quick steals that brought him to the stripe, twice splitting his four charities for the game-winning baskets.

For the Defenders of coach Mike Fermin to extend the series to a deciding Game 3, they have to find ways to limit the production of Omiping who sizzled for 27 points, including 11 in the payoff period.

The chosen charity of the champion team, according to Razon, will receive a tax-free P4 million prize while the runner-up’s own foundation gets P2 million.

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