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PBA D-League: Go for Gold lives to fight another day after Gab Banal’s winning 3

By: - Reporter / @MarkGiongcoINQ
/ 05:23 PM May 28, 2019

MANILA, Philippines—Gab Banal sank the game-winning triple as Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde survived Centro Escolar University, 84-81, to force a deciding game in the 2019 PBA D-League quarterfinals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Banal nailed the go-ahead basket with 17.5 seconds remaining to help the Scratchers avoid a total meltdown after it blew a 20-point lead.

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“I’m happy that we’re still alive,” said Go for Gold-CSB coach Charles Tiu. “We probably deserve to lose the game. We were up big and seems like we never learn. The maturity is still isn’t there.”

Roosevelt Adams fired a game-high 26 points that went with 13 rebounds while Banal finished with 12 points on top of five rebounds and six assists.

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Newcomer Santi Santillan contributed 15 points and six rebounds while Justin Gutang finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and five assists to give the Scratchers a big boost.

Judel Fuentes scored 22 points, including 10 in the fourth to spearhead the Scorpions’ fightback, while Maodo Malick Diouf had 14 points and 17 rebounds in a losing effort.

Go for Gold and CEU dispute a semis spot on Thursday.

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