Bureau of Fire stops AFP’s win­ning ways

Manila Bulletin - - Sports News -

Ex-pro­fes­sion­als Rob Wain­wright and Gil­bert Mal­a­banan came through with dou­ble-dou­ble per­for­mances as Bureau of Fire Pro­tec­tion snapped Armed Forces of the Philip­pines’ three-game win­ning streak, 104-97, in the 6th UNTV Cup held over the week­end at the Pasig City Sports Cen­ter.

The Fil-Amer­i­can Wain­wright, 43, led the BFP’s strong start as the Fire­fight­ers took a 26-15 lead be­fore pad­ding their lead to 58-33 at half­time.

The AFP Cava­liers launched a come­back mid­way through the third pe­riod but time was not on their side and suf­fered their first de­feat in four games in Group A of the tour­na­ment or­ga­nized by UNTV for the coun­try’s pub­lic ser­vants.

Wain­wright, who played for six PBA teams in an 11-year pro ca­reer, tal­lied 19 points and 13 boards while Mal­a­banan also scored 19 points aside from grab­bing 11 boards as BFP kept its sec­ond round hopes alive.

In the other Group A match, GSIS tied BFP for fourth to fifth places with an 83-73 win over Depart­ment of Health while PDEA fi­nally barged into the win col­umn by crush­ing Depart­ment of Jus­tice, 105-86.

The cho­sen char­ity of the cham­pion team, ac­cord­ing to UNTV pres­i­dent and CEO Daniel Ra­zon, will re­ceive R4 mil­lion while the ben­e­fi­ciary of the run­nerup team will re­ceive R2 mil­lion.

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