Standings: Group A: AFP (5-0), Senate (3-2), PNP (3-2), PITC (2-3); Group B: Malacañang-PSC (4-1), NHA (4-1), DA (3-2), Judiciary (2-3)
Two-time champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) tries to stretch its winning run to six games when it faces dangerous National Housing Authority (NHA) on Sunday in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasic City Sports Center.
Coming off a five-game sweep of the first round of the Group A elims, the AFP Cavaliers are slightly favored in their 5 p.m. showdown with the NHA Builders, who finished Group B elims at No. 2 with a 4-1 mark.
Equally exciting is the 3:30 p.m. showdown between streaking Philippine National Police and Department of Agriculture – two teams capable of advancing to the finals of the annual event for public servants organized by UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon.
The PNP Responders settled for No. 2 in Group A elims with a 3-2 mark followed by defending champion Senate (also with a 3-2 mark) and PITC (2-3).
Clashing in the opening game at 2 p.m. are PITC and two-time titlist Judiciary, which is also carrying a 2-3 mark in the event offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion team.
A lively shootout is expected in the AFP-NHA encounter as both teams are still fresh from rousing wins. The Cavaliers beat the Senate Defenders, 76-70, and the Builders scored a massive 94-57 win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters.
After a breakout performance that saw him tally 20 points, Darwin Cordero is likely to be a marked man in Sunday's match.
Cebuano hotshot Henry Fernandez and former UST player Emerson Oreta are expected to spearhead Agriculture’s assault against the PNP Responders that boast of former UE star Olan Omiping and veteran Harold Sta. Cruz.