Vince Tolentino shows way as Go for Gold remains unbeaten

Vince Tolentino shows way as Go for Gold remains unbeaten
Go for Gold is continuing to pace the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup

Go for Gold stretched its winning run to three with a 92-83 victory versus Centro Escolar University on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig.

Gab Banal fired 21 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks to lead the attack for the Scratchers.

But it was Vince Tolentino who stepped up to the plate in the final frame, unleashing a total of 20 points, six assists, and five boards.

“Vince is a really smart player. He has great feel for the game and he does a lot of good things for the team. We just maximized his skillset,” said coach Charles Tiu as his side rose to 3-0.

Veterans Jai Reyes and Jerwin Gaco also had their imprint in the conquest as they teamed up for 22 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

Go for Gold exerted dominance in the second quarter to ground the youthful Scorpions and take a 53-42 halftime lead and go on cruise control from that point on.

Emotions, though, picked up when CEU’s Orlan Wamar showed his frustration in the fourth quarter and threw the ball at Go for Gold’s Kris Porter, causing the two to be whistled for double technicals.

Despite the tension, Tolentino and Ron Dennison were able to finish off the victory as they gave the Scratchers a 15-point lead, 92-77, with 1:33 left.

Wamar carried CEU (1-2) with 17 points while Pierce Chan had 14 points and nine rebounds in this second consecutive defeat.

Meanwhile, Che'Lu Bar and Grill is slowly showing its fangs with another convincing victory, this time at the expense of AMA Online Education, 111-95.

With the Revellers showing better chemistry, Chris Bitoon anchored the balanced attack for their side, registering 23 points, seven boards, five assists, and three steals as they improved to 2-1.

Domark Matillano led his side with 24 points and eight rebounds while Owen Graham got 15 points and 13 rebounds for AMA, which suffered its third straight defeat to stay at the cellar at 0-3.

BOX SCORES

FIRST GAME

CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL 111 — Bitoon 23, Collado 19, Melano 18, Taganas 13, Viernes 12, Mallari 10, Siruma 6, Flores 4, Sta. Ana 4, Ochea 2, Lao 0, Ng 0.

AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 95 — Matillano 24, Graham 14, Soriano 14, Garcia 12, Lao 10, Nacpil 8, Palencia 5, Liwag 4, Alao 3, Alvarez 0, Cariaga 0, Sabile 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 26-23, 55-50, 80-79, 111-95.

SECOND GAME

GO FOR GOLD 92 — Banal 21, Tolentino 20, Gaco 11, Reyes 11, Dennison 8, Martinez 7, Salem 7, Desiderio 5, Porter 2, Capistrano 0, Pili 0, Wong 0.

CEU 83 — Wamar 17, Chan 14, Uri 11, Rojas 10, Guinitaran 9, Ko. Caballero 8, Formento 8, Ke. Caballero 4, Oloume 2, Fuentes 0, Intic 0.

QUARTER SCORES: 31-29, 53-42, 75-63, 92-83.

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