SSS grabs Game 1 win over DA at the 2024 UNTV Cup Finals

SSS Kabalikat

The SSS Kabalikat started its championship run on a positive note, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series for this year’s UNTV Cup Finals.

The SSS Kabalikat disposed of the Agriculture Food Master in their Game 1 final matchup, 90-81, clinching its first-ever finals victory in the annual UNTV basketball tournament during yesterday’s match at the NOVADECI Convention Center in Quezon City.

The SSS Kabalikat relied on the solid performance of former PBA cager Macky Escalona, who nearly posted a double-double with 19 points and eight assists while contributing four rebounds and three steals.

The Kabalikat established itself early in the game, 17-6, with 6:11 left in the first quarter after Escalona hit a three-pointer, capping an 11-0 run.

With 3:44 remaining in the second quarter, the Kabalikat posted a 23-point lead against Food Master, 50-27, after former Philippine Christian University Dolphins player Lisztian Amparado scored back-to-back jump shots. Amparado finished with 24 points and six rebounds.

Throughout the game, the Food Master tries to make a rally, but the Kabalikat always has an answer to keep them at bay.

Social Security Commissioner Robert Joseph M. De Claro, and several officials and personnel cheered for the SSS squad, which is making a historic appearance in the finals.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series will be played on Sunday, March 31, at the Philsport Arena in Pasig City.

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