(Pasig City Sports Center)
2 p.m. – Judiciary vs AFP
3:30p.m. – Senate vs Agriculture
5p.m. – PNP vs NHA
Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission and Philippine National Police (PNP) boosted their bids for outright semis berths by downing their respective rivals in the 7th UNTV Cup held over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Malacañang-PSC Kamao hiked their record to 5-1 in Group B following their 75-66 win over the defending champions Senate Defenders through the hot-shooting of Erick dela Cuesta and Michael Ignacio.
The one-time scoring champion of the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL), Dela Cuesta scattered 22 points while Ignacio added 14 points as the Kamao bucked a slow start that saw them fall behind 23-3 at the end of the first quarter to prevail.
It was in the third frame where the Kamao turned things around, outscoring the Defenders, 31-16, to take the lead, 59-46, going into the final 10 minutes of play.
As usual, it was Ollan Omiping who starred for PNP’s fourth straight win – a 69-61 decision over the Judiciary Magis.
With the win, the PNP Responders improved their record to 5-2 while jeopardizing Judiciary’s quarterfinals’ bid as the Magis absorbed their fifth defeat against only two wins.
Omiping, a former star player of University of the East, tallied 17 points and seven boards while ABL veteran Harold Sta. Cruz had only two points came through with a defensive in the crunch aside from hauling down seven boards.
In the other game, Haddi Porto erupted for 26 points as PITC clobbered Department of Agriculture, 88-62, for its fourth in seven games.