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    AFP, NHA look to dispatch separate semis foes to arrange UNTV Cup finals duel

    Feb 9, 2018

    Games on Sunday

    (Pasig City Sports Center)

    3 p.m. – NHA vs Malacañang-PSC

    4:30 p.m. – Senate vs AFP

     

    TOP seed and two-time champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and second-ranked National Housing Authority (NHA) hope to arrange a title showdown for the first time when they clash with their respective semis rivals in the 6th UNTV Cup on Sunday at the Pasig City Sports Center.

    The AFP Cavaliers, who finished with a league-best 9-1 record in the two-round elims, battle the Senate Defenders at 4:30 p.m. while the NHA Builders collide with the Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission at 3 p.m.

    The Cavaliers and the Builders need just to prevail on Sunday to set up a title clash which is a best-of-three affair.

    Both AFP and NHA earned outright semis berths aside from earning twice-to-beat privileges in the semis of the event organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon.

    AFP, however, is hard-pressed to repeat over the Defenders since the latter are fresh from eliminating last year’s champion Philippine National Police (PNP) Responders in their quarterfinal series.

    Though the stellar performances of former PBA player Jeff Sanders, Gari Sevilla and James Ryan Mangaran, the Defenders downed the Responders, 74-66, last Sunday.

    The Kamao, on the other hand, earned the right to face the Builders by crushing the two-time champions Judiciary Magis, 79-64.

    The chosen charity of the champion team in the annual event for public servants will receive P4 million while the runner-up’s charity will get P2 million.

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