MANILA, Philippines -- Go for Gold-CSB got a wake-up call on Thursday, when they were walloped by Cignal-Ateneo in their first game of the 2019 PBA D-League season at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
This, according to Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu following the Blue Eagles' huge 103-75 win on opening day.
The Scratchers managed to stay within striking distance in the first quarter, trailing just 20-14. But the Blue Eagles blew the game open in the second frame behind a hail of 3-pointer from Isaac Go and Adrian Wong, and Go for Gold never recovered.
"I guess we had one bad quarter really which really broke the game open. I don’t know, I was just disappointed with the way we played," said Tiu.
The coach observed that his team "looked scared" -- a disappointing development as they had been looking to gauge themselves against the defending UAAP champions.
"We just deserved this beating. Embarrassing, really, with the way we played," he said. "It’s an opening game, it’s your chance against Ateneo, televised game tapos ganun 'yung pinakita niyo."
While he acknowledged that they were thoroughly outplayed by Cignal-Ateneo -- which was playing sans two-time Finals MVP Thirdy Ravena -- Tiu also said the lessons from the game should serve them well as the tournament progresses.
"We just didn't play well today," he admitted. "I expect a much better game next time. I guarantee we’re gonna come out differently than the way we played against Ateneo and that’s for sure. We’re not gonna have this type of game again next week."
"We’re gonna prepare, we’re gonna push them harder because it’s a good wake-up call for them," he added.
Go for Gold tries to bounce back on February 21 against St. Clare College.
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