MANILA, Philippines—Go for Gold got vintage performances from Gab Banal and Jai Reyes in the clutch as they lifted the team to a 93-88 victory over Marinerong Pilipino-TIP in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The duo came up big in the final 5 minutes, as they had all but two of the Scratchers’ final 18 points to fend off a rampaging Engineers side that fought back from a 15-point deficit, 27-12 in the second quarter.
Banal had 24 points in an all-around game for Go for Gold in his first game against his former team, while Reyes went 4-of-7 from three to wind up with 21 points, seven assists, and four boards.
Paul Desiderio and Jerwin Gaco got 11 points apiece for the league-leading Go for Gold, which remained on top of the standings at 4-0.
The loss spoiled Trevis Jackson’s 34-point outburst for the Engineers.
Franky Johnson also added 17 points and eight rebounds as Marinerong Pilipino-TIP fell to 2-2.
GO FOR GOLD 93 — Banal 24, Reyes 21, Desiderio 11, Gaco 11, Tolentino 6, Dennison 5, Martinez 4, Porter 4, Salem 4, Pili 3, Castor 0.
MARINERONG PILIPINO-TIP 88 — Jackson 34, Johnson 17, Manalang 8, Napoles 7, Prado 6, Tratter 5, Thiele 4, Ndiaye 3, Gomez de Liaño 2, B. Santos 2, Medina 0.
Quarters: 20-12, 41-32, 70-57, 93-88.
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