PASIG CITY—Malacañang Kamao stunned the Kenneth Duremdes-led BOC Transformers, 80-76, while the PNP Responders defeated Judiciary Magis, 74-72, last Sunday to arrange a titular showdown for the UNTV Cup Season 5 crown.
Game 1 of the best-of-three finals’ series will be played on March 5 at the Pasig City Sports Center.
The Transformers dominated the first half at 44-34, lost the lead to the Kamao in the third at 53-56, before a see-saw battle ensued, with Malacañang emerging as winner.
“We must have a sense of urgency if we really wanted this game. I told them, ‘I need you to make some more effort. Lower the opponent’s lead and let’s talk about it more.’ And they did.” said Malacañang Kamao Coach Louie Gonzales.
Christian Luanzon and Joseph Besa of the Kamao were hailed as the Best Players of the Game..
In the other game, the Magis dominated the first three quarters only to lose control in the fourth, where PNP’s tough defense limited the Judiciary to only 8 points, while the policemen produced 22 points.
Hailed as the Best Player of the Game was P01 Alejandro Yanquiling III, whose three-point shot in the last 1:24 tied the game at 72-72. His freebies in the last 11.69 seconds sealed the win for the Responders.
The Transformers and the Magis will meet in the battle for third place.
The Scores:GAME 1: PNP Responders (74)—J. Criste 15, O. Omiping 15, A. Yanquiling 11, H. Sta. Cruz 9, A. Tolentino 9, J. Cabahug 5, J. Misola 4, R. Abaya 2, R. Ongutan 2, C. Elopre 2, A. Bayabao 0, H. Decena 0, R. Cabrera 0
Judiciary Magis (72)—C. Tolomia 24, C. Camaso 19, W. Ybanez 16, A. Capus 7, F. Salamat 4, V. Puno 2, J. Marquez 0, H. Bergonio 0, K. Enriquez 0, J. Rabino 0, J. Serrano 0, C. Roma 0
Quarter Scores—20-32, 40-49, 52-64, 74-72
GAME 2Malacañang Kamao (80) — C. Luanzon 18, E. Dela Cuesta 16, I. Garrido 16, J. Besa 16, J. Jimenez 8, V. Javier 2, R. Abalos 2, P. Yamamoto 1, N. Javier 1, G. Gadong 1, M. Ignario 0
BOC Tranformers (76) — K. Duremdes 19, M. Aquino 17, S. Ignacio 13, G. Ejercito 10, M. Sumalinog 7, B. Franco 6, R. Ignacio 4, E. Canoza 0
Quarter Scores — 12-21, 34-44, 56-53, 80-76
(Pasig City Sports Center)
3 p.m. Judiciary Magis vs. BOC Transformers
5 p.m. PNP Responders vs Malacañang Kamao
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