DEFENDING champion Armed Forces of the Philippines emerged the top seed in the semis after scoring a 90-83 win over Department of Environment and Natural Resources while Judiciary completed a four-game sweep of the second round in the 8th UNTV Cup over the weekend at the Paco Arena in Manila.
With Boyet Bautista and Darwin Cordero presiding over the team’s assault, the AFP Cavaliers erased a double-digit deficit early in the second quarter on the way to finishing the eliminations with an 8-1 record.
Cordero topscored with 17 points while Bautista chipped in 15 for the Cavaliers, who have advanced outright to the semis as early as last month.
Despite losing two of their last three games, the DENR Warriors got the other automatic semis slot with a 7-2 mark in the event organized by UNTV President and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon for public servants.
The Judiciary Magis closed out with a 7-3 mark for fourth place after capping their perfect second round show with a 66-59 victory over the PITC Global Traders.
Former PBA player Chester Tolomia, who led Judiciary’s decisive third quarter run, scattered 25 points, boosting his team’s bid to end a five-year title drought.
The Magis, along with the NHA Builders, Department of Agriculture Food Masters and Global Traders play another round in the quarterfinals, with the top two finishers completing the semis cast.
The chosen charity of the champion team will get the P4 million top prize with the runner-up’s own foundation getting P2 million.