Cavaliers trip Kabalikat; Warriors beat Responders

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    DEFENDING champion Armed Forces of the Philippines scored another breezy win while newcomer Department of Environment and Natural Resources continued to impress in the 8th UNTV Cup recently at the Pasig City Sports Center.

    Through the impressive quarterbacking of former Letran star and 2007 national team member Boyet Bautista, the AFP Cavaliers smothered the SSS Kabalikat 100-86 and stayed undefeated in Group I of the annual tournament for public servants.

    The DENR Warriors took the solo lead in Group II with an 88-77 win over former champion Philippine National Police Responders. DENR’s victory proved its 101-98 decision over the GSIS Furies was no fluke.

    Department of Agriculture rolled to its second win in Group 1 by slipping past the PITC Global Traders 68-64, thanks to another solid game from former PBA player Emerson Oreta and Christian Dematera, who tallied 16 and 14 points, respectively.

    Ralph Lansang starred once against for DENR by posting 21 points, eight rebounds and seven steals in a fitting follow up to his 51-point explosion in the team’s opening game victory.

    Led by former University of the East player Olan Omiping, the Responders took a 44-38 halftime lead but were outscored in the third 31-10 and absorbed their second straight defeat.

    Alvin Zuniga and Winston Sergio benefited mostly from Bautista’s creative plays and finished with 18 and 17 points, respectively, in the event organized by UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon.