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    AFP Cavaliers through to UNTV Cup semis after holding off Food Masters

    Dec 11, 2018

    Standings: AFP (7-1), Malacañang-PSC (6-1), PNP (6-2), Senate (5-3), NHA (4-4), PITC (4-4), Agriculture (3-6), Judiciary (3-5)

    TWO-TIME champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) put away a 79-73 win over Department of Agriculture to clinch a semifinal berth in the 7th UNTV Cup at the JCSGO gym in Cubao.

    With Darwin Cordero firing on all cylinders, the AFP Cavaliers outscored the DA Food Masters, 31-10, in the first quarter on the way to posting their seventh win in eight games, assuring themselves of a semis berth even if they drop their last game.

    Cordero finished with 24 points spiked by three triples on an impressive 10-of-14 shooting from the field. He also had three rebounds and two assists.

    DA’s defeat was its fifth straight since going 3-1 in the first round, thus missing the chance to play in the playoffs of the tournament organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon for public servants.

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    In other games, Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission likewise boosted its own semifinal bid by downing PITC, 69-64 while defending champion Senate nipped National Housing Authority, 98-97, in overtime.

    Reynaldo Malaga scored six points in the extra period as the Senate Defenders improved to 5-3. He was ably supported by Marlon Legaspi who tallied 22 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two boards in the event offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion.

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    In posting their 6th win in seven games, the Malacañang-PSC Kamao went to Marvin Antonio and Michael Ignacio in the crunch to pull through.

    Antonio had 16 points while Ignacio added 15 – most of them came in the third enabled the Kamao to complete their comeback from a 25-12 deficit in the first quarter.

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