DEFENDING champion Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines stayed tied for the lead in Group A lead by downing their respective rivals in the 6th UNTV Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center.
Led by former University of the East player Olan Omiping, Abul Khair Bayabao and Alfredo Yanquiling III, the PNP Responders clobbered the Commission on Audit Enablers, 112-71, for their third win in as many outings in the event offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion team.
The Responders started aggressively, racing to a 31-21 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
Yanquiling topscored for the Responders with 18 points while Omiping and Bayabao combined for 30 points.
While it was a breeze for the Responders, the AFP Cavaliers eked out a pulsating 72-71 win over the Senate Defenders.
In Group B play, Malacanang-Philippine Sports Commission also notched its third straight win in the tournament organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon with a 91-85 decision over the PDEA Drug Busters.
Visnu Das Javier scattered 20 points while Eric dela Cuesta produced a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Malacanang Kamao survived the 32-point explosion of Marlon Basco.