GO for Gold-CSB finally scored its first win in the 2019 PBA D-League, slipping past Family Mart-Enderun, 78-69, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
"We've been struggling, and the team hasn't been playing well. We played a bit better, but they didn't play with their best player and we barely beat them."
Justin Gutang unleashed 23 points on a 10-of-16 shooting clip, alongside seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals for the Scratchers' first win in three outings.
The Fil-Am forward was instrumental in Go for Gold-CSB's pullaway from a 38-35 affair as his third quarter outburst gave it a 51-37 edge at the 5:42 mark of the frame.
Kendrix Belgica added 14 points and six rebounds, Unique Naboa got 12 points, nine assists, and three boards, and Roosevelt Adams nabbed 11 on a 3-of-9 clip from threes, on top of 12 rebounds and two dimes in the victory.
"We're happy na we finally won," said coach Charles Tiu as his side improved to 1-2 record in the Aspirants Group.
Marvin Hayes registered 13 points and 11 rebounds in the losing cause for the Titans as they dropped to 0-2.
GO FOR GOLD-CSB 78 -- Gutang 23, Belgica 14, Naboa 12, Adams 11, Haruna 9, Pili 3, Dixon 3, Pangalangan 3, Young 0, Pasturan 0, Nayve 0.
FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 69 -- Hayes 13, Vidal 11, Dela Cruz 11, Gotladera 10, Sacundo 8, Gatdula 7, Dungan 5, Nunez 2, Presbitero 2, Tancioco 0, Oebanda 0, Mariano 0.
Quarters: 15-12, 38-35, 56-47, 78-69.