JUDICIARY, National Housing Authority and Philippine International Trading Corporation kept their hopes for the second outright semis berths alive by posting contrasting wins in the 8th UNTV Cup over the weekend at the San Juan City gym.
Of the three, it was the PITC Global Traders that produced the biggest win, stunning the erstwhile unbeaten Department of Environment and Natural Resources Warriors 74-64.
With Rod Vasallo doing a little of everything, the Global Traders pulled away in the second quarter and handed the Warriros their first defeat in seven matches in the tournament organized by UNTV president and CEO Dr. Daniel Razon for public servants.
DENR’s defeat pushed idle and defending champion Armed Forces of the Philippines to the top with a 7-1 record.
The Builders of coach Benneth Palad hiked their record to 6-3 with a 100-96 win over the also ran PhilHealth Plus.
Alvin Vitug and Marvin Mercado formed NHA’s 1-2 punch as they registered 24 and 22 points, respectively. Mercado completed a double-double by grabbing 13 boards.
The Judiciary Magis stretched their winning run to four by downing the slumping Department of Agriculture Food Masters 81-72 to tie idle Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission, and PITC for fourth to sixth places at 5-3.