Scratchers get going again at expense of Altas
Go for Gold put a stop to its struggles by pouncing on Perpetual
J-Jay Alejandro dropped 23 points as Go for Gold halted its two-game losing slide to come away with an 81-69 triumph over University of Perpetual Help on Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.
The shifty guard out of National University powered the Scratchers in the payoff period, scoring nine markers in the frame to kickstart the 10-2 finishing kick and establish the decisive 69-57 lead to seal the game shut.
Alejandro also got five rebounds and four assists to help the Scratchers level their standing at 2-2.
“I think we’re slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there’s still some room for improvement because we turn the ball over too much,” said coach Charles Tiu, who was dismayed with Go for Gold’s carelessness with the rock after committing 30 turnovers.
That flimsiness with the leather kept the Altas in the game as the Scratchers lost grip of a 59-47 lead in the third quarter and saw it cut to as low as four, 59-55, entering the fourth frame.
Senegalese center Clement Leutcheu added 14 markers and eight boards while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang got 11 points apiece for Go for Gold.
Rey Anthony Peralta paced Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds while Kim Aurin had 17 markers and four boards.
GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.
PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69.