FULLY-RESTED Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) are looking for hot starts in Game 1 of their best-of-three semis battles against upstart rivals in the 8th UNTV Cup on Sunday at the Paco Arena in Manila.
The top-seeded AFP Cavaliers collide with the Judiciary Magis at 5 p.m. while the second-ranked DENR Warrirors take on the National Housing Authority Builders at 3:30 p.m. in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon annually for public servants.
AFP and DENR waited for almost three weeks to find out their semis rivals after advancing outright to the semis for finishing 1-2 in the two-stage eliminations.
Despite the long break, the Cavaliers and Warriors expressed readiness for what they expect a tight and exciting series, knowing full well their rivals are playing at their best of late.
Though the Cavaliers have slight edge in the frontline, the Magis have a solid backcourt crew in former PBA players Warren Ybanez and Chester Tolomia and veteran Frederick Salamat.