DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources hopes to write a piece of history when it goes for a sweep of the UNTV Cup finals against defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines today before an expected huge crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
No rookie team since the inaugural staging of the tourney eight years ago has won the championship and that will be the mission of the DENR Warriors when they clash with the AFP Cavaliers in Game 2 of their best-of-three title series at 8 p.m.
The Warriors took the opener 90-73 on March 1, with Ralph Lansang leading the team’s onslaught against the injury-stricken Cavaliers.
Four other players – MVP candidate Ed Rivera, Ryan Abanes, Desederio Ayson and Melvin Bangal – scored doubles figures for the Warriors, who shot impressively from the field, making 31-of-62 tries for 50 percent shooting clip.
While veteran Eugene Tan is expected to play despite a knee injury, the Cavaliers will again miss the services of two hardworking big men in Wilfredo Casulla and Jeffrey Quiambao due to various injuries.
If DENR goes on to complete a two-game sweep, its chosen charity stands to receive a tax-free P4 million prize from UNTV President and CEO Dr. Daniel S. Razon in the event sponsored by Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan and Members Church of God International.