August 21, 2018

Che'Lu Bar and Grill drags Go for Gold to a deciding Game 5

Che'Lu Bar and Grill extended the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals to a deciding game with an 88-81 victory in Game 4 over Go for Gold Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Conference MVP Jeff Viernes spearheaded the attack, uncorking eight of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, alongside five assists and three rebounds as the Revellers lived for another day.

"I challenged them nangyari na sa atin yan, gusto niyo ba ulit maging runner-up?," said coach Stevenson Tiu. "At least, may chance pa. It boils down to a Game Five. We haven't won the championship yet, pero nandyan yung chance."

Compared to Che'Lu's other wins, the supporting cast were present to help Viernes this time out.

Jessie Collado added 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Bitoon contributed 14 points, two boards, and two dimes.

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Stephen Siruma also came off the bench with 11 points and nine rebounds and JayR Taganas muscled his way to 10 points and 16 boards.

Che'Lu went on a scathing 8-2 blast to start the fourth frame which gave them a 75-67 lead, giving it the cushion to weather the late uprisings from Go for Gold.

Gab Banal led the Scratchers with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and four assists, while Matt Salem and Rey Publico scored 14 points apiece.

The Scores:
CHE'LU BAR AND GRILL 88 - Viernes 18, Collado 16, Bitoon 14, Siruma 11, Hernandez 10, Taganas 10, Melano 8, Ruaya 1, De Joya 0.

GO FOR GOLD 81 - Banal 20, Publico 14, Salem 14, Reyes 12, Desiderio 8, Gaco 6, Tolentino 5, Dennison 2, Canada 0, Porter 0, Wong 0.
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Quarters: 24-16, 47-44, 67-65, 88-81.