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    Senate, Malacanang drag seeded foes to semis deciders in UNTV Cup

    Feb 12, 2018
    Former PBA player Jeff Sanders posted a double-double, tallying 14 points and securing 11 boards to help Senate beat the top-seed AFP.  Courtesy of Photoville International

    Games on Sunday

    (TBA)

    3 p.m. – AFP vs Senate

    4:30 p.m. – NHA vs Malañang-PSC

    SENATE and Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission forced a rubber match in their respective semis series by pulling off contrasting wins over higher-ranked rivals in the 6th UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center.

    The Senate Defenders leaned on a furious start to score a massive 74-64 upset win over top-seed and two-time champions Armed Forces of the Philippines Cavaliers in the opening of their best-of-three series.

    Gari Sevilla, Jeff Sanders and Marlon Legaspi set the tone for the team’s runaway win by leading the team to a 29-15 first quarter lead which the Defenders wisely protected to force a knockout match with the twice-to-beat Cavaliers.

    The Malacañang-PSC Kamao were equally impressive as they eked out an 86-82 overtime win over the National Housing Authority Builders in the annual event organized by UNTV president and CEO Daniel Razon.

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    The Kamao and the Builders reached the semis outright apart from securing twice-to-beat bonuses after finishing the double round elims 1-2, posting 9-1 and 8-2 marks.

    The charity chosen by this year’s champion gets P4 million while the runner-up’s charity shall receive P2 million.

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    While it was a breeze for Senate, Malacañang-PSC encountered some scary moments after a huge NHA rally in the fourth quarter that saw the Builders outscore the Kamao 24-16 to force an extra five minutes.

    But Kamao got their offensive rhythm back – thanks greatly to the efforts of Narayan Javier, Visnu Javier and Eric dela Cuesta – to pull it through.

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    Former PBA player Jeff Sanders posted a double-double, tallying 14 points and securing 11 boards to help Senate beat the top-seed AFP.  Courtesy of Photoville International
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