Philippine Daily Inquirer

Go for Gold trips EAC

- By Randolph B. Leongson @RLeongsonI­NQ

Go for Gold needed a huge fourth quarter to repulse Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College, 106-95, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Yankie Haruna exploded for 23 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while Jerwin Gaco chipped in a double-double of 21 markers and 10 boards for the Scratchers’ second straight win to tie Zark’s Burger-Lyceum at 4-3.

Justin Gutang also poured nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, while hauling down 10 rebounds, while J-Jay Alejandro got 13 markers and five assists.

Despite the victory, coach Charles Tiu was displeased with how Go for Gold performed against the lowly Batangas-EAC crew.

“We have a tendency to think that we’re better than we really are,” he lamented. “Sometimes, we play so well, but we lost to JRU, and we’re the only team that lost to them.

“I don’t know why our guys are thinking that way. We have never proven anything in the NCAA or D-League. It’s disappoint­ing in that sense, but we’re happy with the win. We battled back despite Batangas controllin­g the game for the most part.”

The Scratchers built a sevenpoint cushion with 4:04 to play in the payoff period as Haruna gave them a 94-87 lead.

 ?? —AUGUST DELA CRUZ ?? Go for Gold’s Jimboy Pasturan (left) battles Batangas-EAC’s Camillus Altamirano for the loose ball.
—AUGUST DELA CRUZ Go for Gold’s Jimboy Pasturan (left) battles Batangas-EAC’s Camillus Altamirano for the loose ball.

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