THE AFP Cavaliers forged a sudden-death for the UNTV Cup Season 2 title after pulling off an 75-64 victory over the PNP Responders Tuesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Playing with their backs against the wall, the Cavaliers started like a house on fire as they opened a 21-point halftime lead and never looked back to level the best-of-three title series at 1-1.
Alvin Zuniga had 11 points and 3 assists to pace the winning team as they now enjoy the momentum heading into the rubbermatch set July 8.
Meanwhile, PNP gunner Olan Omiping emerged Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year during the awarding ceremony prior to the start of the finals.
Omiping also won the Best Scorer and Best Shooting Guard while teammates Jaymann Misola at Ronaldo Abaya took home the Best Blocker and Best Small Forward.
Other players given recognition in the ceremony, with Daniel Razon handing out the plaques, were PJ Villanueve (Best in Steals, Best Point Guard at Most Improved Player), San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora (Best Rebounder), Eugene Tan (Best in Assists), Ronaldo Pascual (Best Center), John Hall (Best Power Forward), Jeff Sanders (Best Reinforcement Player) and Zuniga (Fans’ Choice).