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    NHA Builders stun Senate Defenders to keep UNTV Cup semis hopes alive

    Jan 22, 2019
    Alvin Vitug and the Builders remain in contention.

    NATIONAL Housing Authority kept its semis hopes alive, scoring an 89-82 overtime win over Senate in the 7th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.

    Behind Antonio Lustestica, Alvin Vitug and Marvin Mercado, the NHA Builders set the pace and held on to beat the Defenders, who were without Senators Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara.

    The Bennet Palad-mentored Builders made a decisive run at the start of the extra period to book their second straight win in the single-round quarterfinals.

    The PITC Global Traders also kept alive its semis bid by handing Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission its fourth straight defeat, 89-85, in the tournament for public servants.

    Despite the loss, the Defenders of coach Mike Fermin remained on top of the standings with a 7-4 mark while NHA, PITC and Malacañang were tied for second to fourth places with 6-5 records.

    The top two finishers join early semifinalists Armed Forces of the Philippines and Philippine National Police in the Final Four.


    Lustestica led NHA with 22 points, four rebounds and two assists, Vitug scored 19 and Mercardo added 18. Garri Sevilla, who forced the extra five minutes, paced Senate with 32 points.

    Haddi Porto led the Global Traders with 21 points while Ryan Regaldo and Rod Vasallo had 19 points each.

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