Go for Gold-CSB weathered a strong surge from Petron-Letran to come away with a 107-87 victory, Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
Roosevelt Adams showed the way for the Scratchers, which avoided a 29-point meltdown after holding a 64-35 lead early in the third frame.
The Fil-Am gunner was on-point from distance, going 6-of-9 from threes to lead Go for Gold-CSB with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks.
“This is what I expect from him. This is the reason why I got him,” said Scratchers coach Charles Tiu as Adams scored nine of his side’s last 15 points to fend off the pesky Knights.
Unique Naboa also contributed 20 points, seven assists, and five boards, while Yankie Haruna and Clement Leutcheu both had 14 in the win to step up in the absence of top performers Justin Gutang and Kendrix Belgica.
Go for Gold-CSB rose to a 4-3 card in the Aspirants Group, while ending Petron-Letran’s two-game win streak and drop it to 5-3.
The Knights got to within nine, 92-81, in the final 3:50, before Adams answered with nine straight points to put the game away for the Scratchers, 101-84 with 1:50 remaining.
Jeo Ambohot went for 22 points and 16 rebounds in the Petron-Letran defeat, while Jerrick Balanza had 15 and five.
The Knights committed 22 turnovers and missed 22 free throws from their 40 attempts in the loss.
Go for Gold-CSB 107 — Adams 29, Naboa 20, Leutcheu 14, Haruna 14, Nayve 11, Dixon 11, Young 5, Pasturan 3, Domingo 0, Lim 0.
Petron-Letran 87 — Ambohot 22, Pasaol 16, Balanza 15, Taladua 10, Reyson 6, Pambid 5, Caralipio 4, Sangalang 4, Mina 3, Olivario 2, Balagasay 0, Ular 0, Guarino 0, Yu 0.
Quarterscores: 27-8, 61-35, 76-65, 107-87.