June 04, 2018

Go for Gold holds off Batangas

Go for Gold held off a late flurry by Batangas and came away with an 88-75 victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

James Martinez' 18 points allowed the Scratchers to build a 19-point wall in the third quarter, 63-44, enough to withstand the Generals' late flurry that cut the lead down to as low as 11, 80-69.

Ron Dennison added 10 points and five boards, Gab Banal wound up with nine points and 12 rebounds, and Jerwin Gaco got nine and eight.

Coach Charles Tiu, however, remains unsatisfied with how his team performed noting that Go for Gold pulled the win through because of the players' individual talents.

"It's probably only our fourth time to play as a complete team and we haven't been practicing because of the individual commitments of the players," he said.
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"We know what we can do. Unfortunately, we're still far from that. It's a given that we have the talent in this team, so the challenge for us is to have more practice time to get familiar with each other and learn to play the proper way."

The Scratchers exploited their depth, ruling the bench production, 48-26.

Cedric de Joya scored 18 points for Batangas. He also had three rebounds, and two assists.

The Scores:

GO FOR GOLD 88 -- Martinez 18, Dennison 10, Banal 9, Gaco 9, Porter 8, Desiderio 7, Reyes 7, Salem 6, Tolentino 6, Wong 5, Pili 3, Blardony 0, Castor 0.
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BATANGAS 75 -- De Joya 18, Mendoza 13, Derige 12, Saldana 12, Dela Pe?a 6, Guian 6, Diolanto 4, Arim 2, Tabi 2, Delfinado 0, Manalo 0, Zamora 0.

Quarters: 19-17, 37-30, 63-47, 88-75.