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UNTV Cup: Escalona, Parreno lift GSIS past DA for second straight win


Ateneo product Macky Escalona and Zamboanga native Jonathan Parreño helped power GSIS to a 94-86 win over Department of Agriculture while Senate kept its unblemished record in the 9th UNTV Cup Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Paco Arena in Manila.

Escalona, who played also played for Ginebra, produced a solid all-around performance, posting 18 points, five steals, five assists, and three rebounds to share the Best Player of the Game award with Parreño.

Perreño scattered 19 points as the GSIS notched its second straight win since dropping its first two games in Group B of the event offering a tax-free P3 million to the chosen charity of the champion team.

The Senate Defenders, meantime, extended their winning streak to three games in Group B with a 94-44 drubbing of the SSS Kabalikat.

In the other game, the Bennett Palad-mentored NHA Home Masters stayed in second place in Group B – thanks to an 85-72 win over the PNP Responders.

Five players, including Sen. Joel Villanueva, scored in double figures for the Mike Fermin-coached Defenders with Clark Torrente leading the way with 21 points, nine rebounds, and three steals.

A member of the UST Tigers that reigned supreme during Seasons 56 and 57, Villanueva chipped in 11 points while Rey Malaga contributed 18 points, 6 boards, four assists, and two steals.

Tony Lustestica struck hardest for NHA with 23 points, four assists, two steals and a block as the Home Masters improved to 3-1.

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