ARMED Forces of the Philippines and Department of Environment and Natural Resources swept their respective semis series over the weekend and forged what is expected to be an exciting title duel in the 8th UNTV Cup at the Paco Arena in Manila.
The top-seeded defending champions AFP Cavaliers outgunned the Judiciary Magis in the payoff period to pull off a tense 72-67 win in Game 2 of their best-of-three semis series.
The win pushed the Cavaliers within two wins of becoming the first back-to-back champions in the tournament for public servants held annually through UNTV President and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon
Standing in their way are the second-seeded DENR Warriors, who bested the National Housing Authority Builders in their own series capped by an 82-75 win – thanks to another double-double performance by MVP candidate Ralph Lansang.
AFP and DENR start their best-of-three finals series on March 1 at the same venue, with the chosen charity of the champion team getting a tax-free P4 million top prize.