Cavaliers extend win surge, rip Ombudsman

    DEFENDING champion Armed Forces of the Philippines extended its winning streak to five while Department of Environment and Natural Resources stunned Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission 80-77 in the 8th UNTV Cup over the weekend at the Pasig City Sports Center.

    The AFP Cavaliers bucked a slow start to beat the Ombudsman Graftbusters 92-74 and stay unbeaten in Group A of the annual tournament for public servants.

    The Cavaliers erased a 20-13 first quarter deficit as Romeo Almerol and Wilfredo Casulla struck hard in the middle quarters, giving them a 67-55 lead going into the payoff period which they protected to the end.

    Almerol led the Cavaliers with 21 points, Casulla added 17, while former Letran star Boyet Bautista and Jerry Lumungsod had 17 points each.

    The DENR Warriors leaned on the clutch plays of Ed Rivera and Arturo Atablanco to notch their fourth straight win while snapping the four-game winning run of the Malacañang-PSC Kamao in Group B.

    Rivera led the Warriors with 22 points while Atablanco posted five points, seven assists and four rebounds in another solid all-around game,

    In the other Group A match, PhilHealth improved its record to 2-3 with a 104-80 drubbing of SSS.

    The SSS Kabalikat absorbed their fourth straight defeat in the tournament offering P4 million to the chosen charity of the champion.