Senate Defenders look to complete sweep of Malacanang-PSC in UNTV Cup finals
Se. Joel Villanueva and the Defenders look to score their first UNTV Cup title.

THE Senate Defenders look to complete for a sweep of the Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission Kamao in Game Two of the UNTV Cup finals on Monday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Bannered by former Chiang Kai Shek College player Gary Sevilla and ex-pro Jeff Sanders, the Defenders enter the 7 p.m. showdown motivated to finish off the Kamao in their best-of-three title series.

Sevilla and Sanders starred in the team’s 77-62 drubbing of the Kamao in Game One of the event presented by UNTV.

Sevilla, who also played for College of St. Benilde during his NCAA days, led the Defenders with 15 points and four rebounds while Sanders added 13 points and five boards.

Aside from Sevilla and Sanders, coach Mike Fermin can also count on Sen. Joel Villanueva and James Mangaran who combined for 17 points and 12 boards.

“We need to play real tough defensively right from the start if we want to win it tomorrow. We can’t afford to give them a chance,” said Fermin.

Fermin credited their solid defense on Eric dela Cuesta and Christian Luanzon in the first half for their Game One win.

Though Luanzon went on to finish with 21 points – mostly in the second half – Dela Cuesta was held to just eight points and that made the difference.

The winning team earns P500,000 and its chosen charity shall receive P4 million.

The runner-up’s chosen charity in the event designed for public servants will receive P2 million while the team gets P300,000.

 

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