Malacañang, Judiciary try to seal titular battle
MALACAÑANG and Judiciary try to seal a title showdown when they go up against separate rivals at the start of the best-of-three semifinal series of the 3rd UNTV Cup tomorrow at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Malacañang Patriots clash with the defending champions Armed Forces of the Philippines Cavaliers at 3 p.m. while the Judiciary Magis tackle the Senate Defenders at 4:30 p.m.
For finishing 1-2 at the end of the elimination, both the Patriots and the Magis need to win just once to arrange a a title duel
UNTV broadcaster Daniel Razon said the champion in the tournament designed for the public servants will donate the P2-million prize to its chosen beneficiary.
Aside from their twice-to-beat bonus, the Patriots will troop to the court enjoying a big psychological advantage, having beaten the defending champions in the first round of elimination, 79-76.
Out to provide the offensive clout for the Patriots are Melvin Verches, Andro Requez, Paul Anthony Yamamoto and Tesda Secretary Joel Villanueva.
Former collegiate standout Rolando Pascual and Wilfredo Casulla Jr. will spearhead AFP’s attack.
The Cavaliers secured a semis berth by downing the Philippine National Police Responders, 63-59. They will be led by former pros Don Camaso and Ariel Capus, and Justice Midas Marquez.
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