Go for Gold remains unbeaten

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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Games Monday:

(Ynares Sports Arena)

1 p.m. -- AMA vs. Batangas

3 p.m. -- Marinerong Pilipino vs. CEU

GO for Gold withstood a late Marinerong Pilipino stand to fashion out a 93-88 win and stay perfect in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Gab Banal tormented his former team with 24 points as the Scratchers were able to hike their record to 4-0 despite losing several double-digit leads in the biggest game of the conference.

Earlier, Che’Lu Bar and Grill stretched its winning run to three and moved to solo second with a 78-57 romp of Batangas.

Trailing by as much as 15 points in the early goings, the Skippers fought back and tied the match at 75-75 on a Rob Manalang triple with 4:45 remaining.

Go for Gold brought back the lead to twin digits, 90-80, courtesy of Jai Reyes’ two free throws, but Marinerong Pilipino won’t just sink its ship, as it was able to trim down the deficit to 88-91 after Travis Johnson nailed two charities with 34 seconds left.

After the Scratchers failed on the next possession, the Skippers tried to turn things around, but Manalang was whistled with travelling violation in the final 8.6 seconds.

Reyes then hit two buffer free throws -- his 20th and 21st point of the game, to seal Go for Gold’s win.

“I’m just not happy with the way we ended the game. We played well enough, we are up by double digits for most part, then we let up towards the end. We can’t let that happen,” said Scratchers mentor Charles Tiu.

Marinerong Pilipino dropped to 2-2 in a tie with idle Centro Escolar University in third place.

Chris Bitoon got things going for the Revellers in the third period, unloading eight of his 19 points in the period, turning a slim 37-36 deficit to a 60-44 advantage.

Che’Lu outscored Batangas, 24-7, in the third.

That performance made Revellers coach Steve Tiu satisfied, saying: “Hopefully, sana ganoon pa rin ang laruin namin sa malalakas na teams, na same intensity pa rin kami.”

Earvin Mendoza topped Batangas with 13 points while Clark Derige and Christian Manalo shot 12 apiece.

Batangas, with its second consecutive loss, went deeper in the standings at 1-3.

The scores:

First game

Che’Lu (78) -- Bitoon 19, Siruma 9, Taganas 9, Viernes 9, Lao 8, Melano 8, Collado 7, Sta. Ana 6, Ochea 3, Flores 0, Mallari 0.

Batangas (57) -- Mendoza 13, Derige 12, Manalo 12, De Joya 10, Dela Peña 4, Tabi 4, Harris 2, Arim 0, Delfinado 0, Diolanto 0, Guiang 0, Mohammed 0, Saldaña 0.

Quarterscores: 15-23, 32-30, 60-44, 78-57.

Second game

Go for Gold (93) -- Banal 24, Reyes 21, Desiderio 11, Gaco 11, Tolentino 6, Dennison 5, Martinez 4, Porter 4, Salem 4, Pili 3, Castor 0.

Marinerong Pilipino (88) -- Jackson 34, Johnson 17, Manalang 8, Napoles 7, Prado 6, Tratter 5, Thiele 4, Ndiaye 3, Gomez de Liaño 2, B. Santos 2, Medina 0.

Quarterscores: 20-12, 41-32, 70-57, 93-88.