DEFENDING champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clinched the top seeding in the semis with a 90-83 win over Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the 8th UNTV Cup at the Paco Arena in Manila.
With Boyet Bautista and Darwin Cordero presiding over the team’s assault, the AFP Cavaliers erased a double-digit deficit early in the second quarter on the way to finishing the elims with an 8-1 record.
Cordero topscored with 17 points while Bautista chipped in 15.
Despite losing two of their last three games, the DENR Warriors got the other automatic semis slot with a 7-2 mark in the event organized by UNTV president Daniel Razon.
The Judiciary Magis closed out with a 7-3 mark for fourth place after capping their perfect second round show with a 66-59 victory over the PITC Global Traders.
Former PBA player Chester Tolomia scattered 25 points.
The Magis, along with the NHA Builders, Department of Agriculture Food Masters and Global Traders play another round in the quarterfinals with the top two finishers completing the semis cast.
The chosen charity of the champion team will get the P4 million top prize with the runner-up’s own foundation getting P2 million.
Judiciary 66 - Tolomia 25, Dela Cruz 11, Salamat 8, Ybañez 6, Bergonio 5, Mustre 4, Marquez 3, Dionisio 2.
PITC 59 - Porto 19, Regalado 13, Vasallo 8, Gecale 8, Martin 4, Taplah 3, Lopez 2, Almarinez 2.
Quarterscores: 13-14; 28-32; 53-44; 66-59.
AFP 90 - Cordero 17, Bautista 15, Lumongsod 13, Quiambao 11, Pascual 10, Araneta 9, Almerol 6, Sergio 5, Resopa 4.
DENR 83 - Lansang 18, Rivera 18, Ayson 17, Parreño 13, Bangal 11, Gamboa 4, Abanes 2.
Quarterscores: 17-24; 38-39; 58-56; 90-83.