DEFENDING champion Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission stake their unbeaten runs on Sunday in the 8th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports center.
AFP and Malacañang lead their respective groups with 4-0 records.
Malacanang will be put to a serious test when it faces newcomer but dangerous Department of Environment and Natural Resources at 5 p.m. in the lone Group B match.
The DENR Warriors are also undefeated in three games in the annual tournament for public servants – their latest win an 86-65 thumping of the two-time champions Judiciary Magis.
Bidding to become the first back-to-back champions in the event organized by UNTV, the AFP Cavaliers tackle the Ombudsman Graftbusters at 3:30 p.m. in Group A.
Other Group A match pits the SSS Kabalikat against the PhilHealth Plus with the former out to nail their first win in four games.
The Kabalikat tote a 1-3 mark in the event where the chosen charity of the champion team will be getting a tax-free P4 million prize while the runner-up’s foundation will receive P2 million.
Out to carry the scoring load for Cavaliers are former Letran star Boyet Bautista, Dave Cordero and Eugene Tan while the Kamao will be bannered by Erick dela Cuesta, Joseph Roque and Jeffrey Punsalan.
The DENR Warriors will once again rely on the quartet of Ralph Lansang, Desiderio Ayson, Ed Rivera and Arturo Atablanco – all of them scored in double figures the last time.
GROUP A - AFP Cavaliers 4-0, Agriculture Food Masters 3-1, PITC Global Traders 2-2, Ombudsman Graftbusters 1-2, PhilHealth Plus 1-3, SSS Kabalikat 0-3.
GROUP B - Malacañang-PSC Kamao 4-0, DENR Warriors 3-0, NHA Builders 3-1, Judiciary Magis 1-3, GSIS Furies 0-4, PNP Responders 0-3.