A crucial do-or-die Game 3 of the UNTV Cup Season 5 Finals is on tonight as an intense match is expected between the Malacañang Kamao and the Philippine National Police Responders at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum later at 7 PM.
A momentum-shifting victory, 67-61, by the Responders in the second game of the finals of the said inter-agency charitable basketball tournament sponsored by TV network UNTV News and Rescue saved their aspirations for an elusive first championship and the P 4-million cash prize for the champion and its chosen beneficiaries.
Former UE Warriors sniper Ollan Omiping carried the load for the PNP five, scoring 21 points for the PNP side that led by as much as 10 points, 38-28 by halftime.
However, the Palace squad refused to go down without a fight as they brought the game to a 54-all deadlock with 7:49 remaining in the final quarter. The PNP refused to crumble amidst the Kamao comeback, scoring on key possessions while defending the Malacañang attack well.
The P4-million tax-free cash prize sponsored by UNTV News and Rescue and their primary sponsor, Members Church of God International, is up for grabs for the victor of tonight’s game, as well as their partner charitable institution. The Malacañang Kamao selected two beneficiaries; the Millennium Sports Support System Association, Inc. and the Philippine Children’s Medical Center Cancer and Hematology Center. Meanwhile, the Responders will donate their winnings to the PNP-PCRG Drug Rehabilitation Program.
Live feed of the championship game is also available on Twitter and Facebook through the hashtag