MANILA, Philippines – J-Jay Alejandro scored 23 points to lead Go for Gold past University of Perpetual Help, 81-69, in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Tuesday at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao.
The former National University guard was at his best in the final quarter, scoring nine points in the period and anchoring the decisive 10-2 run that helped the Scratchers gain control for good.
Alejandro added five rebounds and four assists as Go for Gold snapped a two-game skid and improve to 2-2 in the conference.
"I think we're slowly getting the team that we want a bit, but there's still some room for improvement because we turn the ball over too much," said coach Charles Tiu.
Indeed, Tiu was disappointed at how Go for Gold failed to take care of the ball. The Scratchers committed 30 turnovers in the game, allowing Perpetual Help to stay within striking distance.
Go for Gold had a 59-47 lead in the third quarter but their miscues helped the Altas get to within four points, 59-55, heading into the final period.
Fortunately for Go for Gold, Alejandro was there to provide the leadership in the end game.
Clement Leutcheu added 14 points and eight boards, while Jerwin Gaco and Justin Gutang each scored 11 points for Go for Gold.
Rey Anthony Peralta paced Perpetual (1-2) with 18 points and two rebounds, while Kim Aurin had 17 markers and four boards.
Nigerian big man Prince Eze played limited minutes for Perpetual Help, with coach Frankie Lim later saying his star center was hit in the ribs at some point.
GO FOR GOLD 81 — Alejandro 23, Leutcheu 14, Gaco 11, Gutang 11, Dixon 8, Haruna 8, Casiño 3, Domingo 3, Naboa 0, Pasturan 0, Pili 0, Salem 0, Young 0.
PERPETUAL 69 — Peralta 18, Aurin 17, Coronel 8, Charcos 7, Eze 6, Mangalino 5, Antonio 4, Villanueva 4, Tamayo 0, Tiburcio 0.
Quarters: 23-19, 42-37, 59-55, 81-69.
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