Go for Gold scratches off CEU's unbeaten start to the season
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 22, 2018 06:40 PM
Go for Gold dealt the first defeat to erstwhile league-leading CEU
Go for Gold pulled off a huge 91-89 upset victory over Centro Escolar University in overtime to deal the erstwhile league pacesetter its first defeat in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Thursday in Pasig's Ynares Arena.
JK Casiño haunted his old squad before J-Jay Alejandro took charge and hit his marks in the extra period as the Scratchers stunned the Scorpions.
“It’s definitely a big win,” said coach Charles Tiu. “CEU is probably the best team in the league while we’re a new team. I like the fact that we fought and won against them.”
Casiño scored five of his 15 points in the fourth period, including the last five markers which tied the game at 84 in the final minute while Alejandro shot 2-of-6 from threes to finish with nine markers, four rebounds, and two assists.
Justin Gutang top-scored for Go for Gold with 20 points, five dimes, and four boards while Jimboy Pasturan also had 14 markers and the last two crucial rebounds that sealed the deal in overtime.
The Scratchers went 15-of-38 from threes, nine of which coming in the first half which allowed them to shock the Scorpions and take a 35-20 lead before CEU made a huge fightback and even took a 61-51 late in the third period.
Rod Ebondo was the lone bright spot for the Scorpions (3-1) with his 34 points, 25 rebounds, and three blocks in the defeat.
GO FOR GOLD 91 — Gutang 20, Casiño 15, Pasturan 14, Alejandro 9, Gaco 9, Leutcheu 9, Haruna 7, Domingo 3, Salem 3, Dixon 2, Ocampo 0.
CEU 89 — Ebondo 34, Wamar 16, Chan 12, Aquino 11, Manlangit 8, Cruz 4, Opiso 2, Arim 0, Caballero 0, Fuentes 0, Guinitaran 0, Saber 0, Uri 0, Veron 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 27-17, 43-38, 58-65, 84-84, 91-89.