Senate bags group lead with rout of CoA as GSIS keeps hopes to advance in UNTV Cup alive
COA’s Estong Ballesteros tries to outmaneuver Sen. Joel Villanueva and Sen. Sonny Angara during their UNTV Cup

Games on Sunday

(Olivarez Sports Complex, Paranaqur City)

2 p.m. – Ombudsman vs DOJ

3:30 p.m. – GSIS vs PNP

5:30 p.m. – AFP vs DOH



Group A – Senate (5-1), AFP (4-1), PNP (3-2), GSIS (3-2), BFP (3-3), DOH (1-4), COA (0-6).

Group B – Malacanang-PSC (5-1), Judiciary (5-1), NHA (5-1), DA (2-4), PDEA (2-4), DOJ (1-4), Ombudsman (0-5).


GOVERNMENT Services and Insurance System (GSIS) made the race for the last two berths in the second round of the 6th UNTV Cup more interesting with an 81-75 win over Bureau of Fire Protection held over the weekend at the Olivarez Sports Center in Paranaque.

James Patrick Abugan exploded for 34 points and Rene Boy Banzali chipped in 25 points in leading the GSIS Furies to their third win in five games, tying reigning titlist Philippine National Police for third to fourth places in Group A

The BFP Fire Fighters dropped to fifth place with a 3-3 card in the tournament organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon.

Senate topped the group with a 5-1 record following a 105-72 drubbing of also-ran Commission on Audit – thanks to another solid game from Sen. Joel Villanueva.

Also assured of a second round slot in the event offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion team is two-time champion Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the National Housing Authority Builders forged a three-way tie for first in Group B with an 81-73 victory over the DOJ Justice Boosters.

With the win, NHA drew level with Malacanang-Philippine Sports Commission and Judiciary – all with similar 5-1 cards. 

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