JUSTIN Gutang unfurled 23 points to guide Go for Gold-CSB to its breakthrough win in the 2019 PBA D-League, 78-69 over Family Mart-Enderun on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The do-it-all forward was finally able to get things together for the Scratchers as they notched their first win in three outings.
Gutang shot 10-of-16 from the field, while also collecting seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals in the victory.
He anchored the third quarter pullaway as Go for Gold-CSB turned a tight 38-35 lead to a commanding 51-37 lead with 5:42 remaining, using that cushion to weather the repeated rallies from Family Mart-Enderun in the fourth period.
"We're happy na we finally won," sighed coach Charles Tiu. "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."
Kendrix Belgica chipped in 14 points and six rebounds, as Unique Naboa added 12 points, nine assists, and three boards for the Scratchers.
Fil-Am sniper Roosevelt Adams scored 11 as he went 3-of-9 from downtown, while also hauling down 12 rebounds and two dimes.
Go for Gold-CSB rose to a 1-2 record in the Aspirants Group, while sending Family Mart-Enderun to its second consecutive defeat.
Marvin Hayes topped the Titans in the defeat with 13 points and 11 rebounds, as John Vidal and Mike dela Cruz both got 11.
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.