Best Players of the Game AFP #30 Darwin Cordero produced 22 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block to go with Boyet Bautista’s 17 points, 2 rebounds, 4 steals and 1 block in leading the Cavaliers in defeating the NHA Builders. (Jepoy Pasig / Photoville International)
The AFP Cavaliers has prolonged its winning streak to six after downing the NHA Builders during the second round of eliminations of the UNTV Cup seventh edition that commenced on Sunday.
The AFP Cavaliers broke down the defenses of NHA Builders, 90-81, to maintain their early lead in the tourney as they gun for this season’s title.
AFP head coach, Corporal Cornelio ‘Sonny’ Manucat attributes their latest victory to rigorous training to step up their defense and offense plays against the NHA gunners.
“Noong first half lamang sila, kinausap ko sila sabi ko mag-step up yung defense namin, saka gawin lang namin yung game plan at least nagawa namin second half at least nakabalik kami,” Coach Manucat said.
Meanwhile NHA Builders Coach Bennet Palad said, “Na-disorient yung team ko, yun lang.”
Darwin Cordero and Boyet Bautista were hailed as the best players of the game after bucketing 22 and 17 points, respectively.
The Department of Agriculture Food Masters, meanwhile, absorbed its second defeat after clashing with the PNP Responders in the second set, 82-79.
PNP’s Harold Sta. Cruz says the Responders scored another notch because they stayed in their game plan which involves guarding and blocking Food Masters’ key shooters.
“Talagang minarkahan namin yung mga shooters nila… kailangan naming mag adjust so sabi ko kailangan pa nating higpitan ang depensa natin,” playing coach Harold Sta. Cruz said.
“First three quarters hindi kami naglaro, hindi kami lumaban sa depensa…hindi namin inatake yung depensa nila… naglaro lang kami fourth quarter,” DA Food Masters Coach Zaldy Realubit said.
Rookie team PITC Global Traders, on the other hand, clinched its third victory of the season after clobbering the two-time champion Judiciary Magis in the heart-thundering first game, 74-72.
Haddi Porto led the with his 22-point finish, earning the Best Player of the Game title.
“Medyo kinapos yung team namin eh , yung tira ni porto medyo napabayaan , medyo maluwag yung depensa,” Judiciary Magis Coach Joey Yabut said.
Meanwhile, Coach Victor Ycasiano chalked up their latest victory to hard work and breaks of the game.
“Definitely, hardwork lang, tsinaga lang namin ng tsinaga. Actually, It’s just breaks of the game, breaks of the game. We were lucky that our shots went in after so many tights call.” — Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue.