Kamao, Defenders stay in hunt for finals’ berth
MALACAÑANG-PSC Kamao turned the tables on the NHA Builders in the fourth quarter en route to a 86-82 overtime win Sunday in the semifinals of the League of Public Servants, UNTV Cup.
The Builders were in control of the game, until the President’s men took the lead in the early part of the 4th, 63-62, banking on the rally led by Javier brothers Narayan and Visnu, who combined for 37 points, along with the support of Eric Dela Cuesta, John Michael Jimenez, Joseph Besa, Ian Garrido and Roverick Abalos.
The game went into overtime at 76-all, with the Builders failing to keep at pace with the Kamao.
The NHA Builders were led by Alvin Vitug (24 points), Waldemart Tibay (17 points) and Antonio Lustestica (11 points).
As the NHA Builders have a twice-to-beat advantage, their next game with the Malacañang-PSC Kamao on Sunday will be a sudden death one offering a UNTV Cup championship slot to the victor.
Meanwhile, the Senate Defenders overwhelmed the AFP Cavaliers, 74 – 64.
The younger and more dynamic Defenders were in control much of the game, led by ex-pro Jeffry Sanders and the hot-shooting Garri Sevilla.
Sanders and Sevilla were hailed as the Best Players of the Game with a combined 25 points to lead the team in defeating the two-time champion, AFP Cavaliers.
With the win, the Defenders will try again to defeat the AFP Cavaliers for a chance to play at the Araneta Coliseum for the UNTV Cup Season 6 Finals.