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    DENR Warriors on track to make history in UNTV Cup finals

    Mar 8, 2020

    Games Monday (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 7 p.m. – 3x3 semis to final; 8 p.m. – AFP vs DENR

    NEWCOMER Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) hopes to write a piece of history when it goes for a sweep of the UNTV Cup Finals against defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    No rookie team has won the championship in the eight-year old league and that will be the mission of the DENR Warriors when they clash with the AFP Cavaliers in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series starting at 8 p.m.

    The Warriors took the opener, 90-73, on March 1 with Ralph Lansang once again leading the team’s onslaught against an injury-stricken Cavaliers.

    Four other DENR players – MVP candidate Ed Rivera, Ryan Abanes, Desederio Ayson and Melvin Bangal – tallied in doubles figures for the Warriors who shot impressively from the field, making 31 of 62 tries for 50 percent shooting clip.

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    While veteran Eugene Tan is expected to play despite a knee injury, the Cavaliers will again miss the services of two hardworking bigs in Wilfredo Casulla and Jeffrey Quiambao due to various injuries.

    IF DENR goes on to complete a two-game sweep, its chosen charity stands to receive a tax-free P4 million prize from UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel S. Razon.

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    A total of P10 million cash prizes will be donated to all charities.

    Telecast and social media broadcasts of the event for public servants begin at 9 p.m. at UNTV channels.

    Prior to the AFP-DENR tussle, the semis of the 3x3 side event will be played starting at 7 p.m. Disputing the P100,000 top prize are PhilHealth, SSS Kabalikat, Ombudsman and PITC.

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