DEFENDING champion Senate and Armed Forces of the Philippines try to keep their share of the group lead lead when they face separate rivals on Sunday in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Senate Defenders collide with the Department of Justice Boosters at 2 p.m. while the AFP Cavaliers square off with the PITC Global Traders at 5 p.m.
Senate and AFP eye their third straight wins in Group A of the annual tournament for public servants.
Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission also shoots for a third straight win and share of Group B lead when it tangles with PhilHealth at 3:30 p.m.
Senate coach Mike Fermin sees a tight contest with the Justice Boosters, saying: “We have to bring our A-game if we want to stay undefeated.”
Leading Senate are Jeff Sanders, Garry Sevilla, Marlon Legaspi and Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara.
Former Letran star Boyet Bautista is once again expected to lead AFP after scoring 22 points in the team’s 92-82 win over Philippine National Police.
A victory by the Malacañang Kamao would enable them to tie National Housing Authority for the lead.
But the Kamao will have their hands full against the PhilHealth Plus who are coming off a morale-boosting 122-99 win over the Ombudsman Graft Busters, with Jonathan Aldave and Mark Pedroso scoring 29 points each.