Builders book return trip to UNTV semis

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    NATIONAL Housing Authority booked a return trip to the semis with a thrilling 77-74 win over the Philippine International Trading Corporation last week in the 8th UNTV Cup at the Paco Arena in Manila.

    Antonio Lustestica again shone brightest for the Benneth Palad-mentored NHA Builders by firing 18 points on top of three rebounds and a steal.

    NHA’s win in the annual tournament for public servants assured it of the No. 3 seeding no matter what happens in its last match in the quarterfinal round against the Department of Agriculture Food Masters on Sunday also at the Paco Arena.

    The win sent the Builders into a semis battle with No. 2 Department of Environment and Natural Resources Warriors.

    The fourth and last semifinalist will be known on Sunday as the Food Masters made the race for the last semis berth doubly exciting with a surprising 71-68 victory over the two-time champions Judiciary Magis.

    The Poch Juinio-mentored Food Masters played minus several key players due to previous commitments but they still managed to prevail, thanks to the 23-point performance of Sherwin Silva.