Go for Gold scratches off big win to end maiden campaign
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 02, 2018 09:20 PM
Matt Salem and the rest of Go for Gold were white-hot in the last game of their maiden campaign in the PBA D-League
Go for Gold was on point from distance to bombard AMA Online Education, 122-82 and close out its 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup campaign on a high on Monday at the Pasig Sports Center.
The Scratchers went on a sizzling 20-of-50 clip from beyond the arc in the wire-to-wire victory, starting the game on a 19-4 tear as the lead ballooned to as much as 47, 122-75, in the closing moments of the beatdown.
Matt Salem led the snipers with his 18 points built on four threes while also hauling down 10 rebounds and dishing out two assists.
Jimboy Pasturan also took advantage of the rout, going for 18 markers on a 4-of-10 shooting from rainbow country.
Paul Desiderio shot 3-of-9 from downtown as he missed out on a triple-double with 16 markers, eight assists, and seven rebounds while Carlo Young got all of his 15 markers from treys.
Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu could only commend his wards for competing in this maiden foray in the developmental league.
“We’re still a young team and we lost a lot of close games. I felt that even with that, we could have made the playoffs. But at least, we’re happy with how we ended our campaign,” he said as the Scratchers closed out their run at 5-6.
Carlo Escalambre led AMA (1-9) with 24 points and nine rebounds, while Kyles Lao tallied 17 markers, five boards, and four assists in the team’s sixth straight loss.
GO FOR GOLD 122 — Pasturan 18, Salem 18, Desiderio 16, Young 15, Haruna 14, Ocampo 13, Dixon 8, Gaco 7, Naboa 6, Pili 3, Domingo 2, Gutang 2.
AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 82 — C. Escalambre 24, Lao 17, Velasquez 14, Martinez 8, Antonares 6, J. Escalambre 6, Quijano 4, Garcia 3.
QUARTER SCORES: 31-13, 62-44, 93-59, 122-82.