ARMED Forces of the Philippines (AFP) continued its hot streak, claiming the scalp of National Housing Authority (NHA), 90-81, at the start of the second round of the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The AFP Cavaliers, who topped Group A in the elims, got impressive numbers from Darwin Cordero and former PBA player Boyet Bautista to extend their winning streak to six games since the first round of the tournament for public servants.
AFP fired blanks in the first half and fell behind by 12 points (46-34) but rallied in the third quarter behind the efforts of Cordero and Bautista to turn things around.
In other games, Philippine National Police continued its recovery from a 1-2 start by chalking up its third straight win, 82-79 , at the expense of Department of Agriculture while PITC outlasted Judiciary, 74-72.
For leading the team with 22 and 17 points, respectively, Cordero and Bautista shared the Best Player award. They also combined for six steals, five rebounds and two blocks.
Three other AFP players scored in double figures, enough to take a 63-61 advantage after outscoring the Builders, 29-15, in the third canto.
Like the Cavaliers, the PITC Global Traders made a decisive run in the third to take command on the way to their third win in six matches in Group A.
Ollan Omiping and Ronnie Serrano led PNP’s charge in the second frame to seize the initiative before quashing DA’s fourth quarter rally.
Omiping boosted his bid for another MVP trophy in the event organized by UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon by erupting for 25 points apart from tallying six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Serrano chipped in 13 points.
Games Sunday (Pasig City Sports Center): 2 p.m. – Agriculture vs PITC; 3:30p.m. – Judiciary vs PNP; 5p.m. – Malacañang-PSC vs Senate
Standings: Group A: AFP (6-0), PNP (4-2), Senate (3-2), PITC (3-3); Group B: Malacañang-PSC (4-1), NHA (4-2), DA (3-3), Judiciary (2-4)