GFG-CSB, St. Clare book tickets to PBA D-League playoffs
ABS-CBN Sports on May 21, 2019 06:22 PM
Go for Gold-CSB and St. Clare both take care of business
Go for Gold-CSB clinched a seat to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs after dismantling McDavid, 119-101, Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
Clement Leutcheu and Edward Dixon teamed up in the Scratchers' early spurt as they took a quick 37-21 advantage.
The lead swelled to as much as 31 as McDavid had no answers to Go for Gold-CSB's onslaught.
"We're happy we made it to the quarterfinals," said coach Charles Tiu. "That's one of our goals this conference because it's a very stacked conference."
Leutcheu topped the balanced attack with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals, as Dixon scored 10 of his 16 points in that opening frame.
Roosevelt Adams chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Justin Gutang had 12 points, six assists, and three boards to rise to 6-3 in the Aspirants Group.
Jeremiah Pangalangan, Prince Carlos, and James Pasturan all contributed 11 points apiece for the Scratchers to finish their eliminations campaign on a high.
McDavid, meanwhile, exited the tourney at 1-8 slate.
Jason Melano led the squad with 26 points and seven rebounds, as Jerwin Gaco had 20 in the defeat.
St. Clare College Virtual Reality also punched its ticket to the quarterfinals by drubbing AMA Online Education, 119-89.
Joshua Fontanilla and Darwin Lunor teamed up for the Saints' first quarter flurry where it took a 35-20 advantage and never looked back.
The diminutive Fontanilla fired 11 of his 16 points in the first half, on top of six rebounds and five assists, as Lunor added 13 to his name as well as collecting six boards and three assists to banner the seven players which got to double-digits.
The Saints now sit idle at third place in the pool, but can still move up to the no. 2 spot and own a twice-to-beat edge if Family Mart-Enderun upsets Ironcon-UST on Thursday.
In the process, Petron-Letran (6-3) has also been eliminated after owning an inferior quotient.
GO FOR GOLD-CSB 119 -- Leutcheu 19, Dixon 16, Adams 13, Gutang 12, Pangalangan 11, Carlos 11, Pasturan 11, Haruna 7, Nayve 6, Velasco 5, Naboa 4, Young 2, Lim 2, Belgica 0.
MCDAVID 101 -- Melano 26, Gaco 20, Sorela 18, Arboleda 11, Koga 10, Gonzales 6, Monte 3, Caranguian 3, Colina 2, Medina 2, Lozada 0, Canada 0, Ja. Villanueva 0, Pena 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 37-23, 68-46, 95-69, 119-101.
ST. CLARE 119 -- Fontanilla 16, Palencia 14, Ambuludto 14, Pare 13, Lunor 13, Santos 11, Decano 10, Hallare 8, Bolos 6, Rubio 5, Tiquia 5, Manacho 2, Penaredondo 2, Fuentes 0.
AMA 89 -- Munzon 27, Johnson 19, Rike 15, Parcero 12, Sayat 5, Asuncion 3, Estibar 3, Fuentes 3, Catequista 2, Sabile 0, Nakpil 0, Dela Rosa 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 35-20, 68-39, 93-67, 119-89.