JOSHUA Fontanilla was the unlikely hero for St. Clare College-Virtual Reality as it scored a 92-78 shocker over Go for Gold-CSB in the 2019 PBA D-League on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The 20-year-old guard was a sparkplug for the Saints, scoring 15 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter when they left the Scratchers shell-shocked thanks to a 18-5 finishing kick that turned a slim 70-68 lead with 5:41 remaining to a decisive 88-74 lead in the last two minutes.
Fontanilla also collected four steals, three rebounds, two blocks and two blocks.
"Buo lang ang loob ng bata. Napagalitan ko siya pero pagbalik, nag-take over. Maganda ang pagtapos sa game," said coach Jinino Manansala of his starting point guard.
Junjie Hallare added 13 points, six boards, three assists and three steals, while Ray Rubio almost had a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds on top of four assists.
Irvin Palencia had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists.
The win allowed St. Clare to move on top of the Aspirants Group, while sending Go for Gold-CSB to its second defeat of the season.
Justin Gutang led the Scratchers with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals, but shot 5-of-13 from the field.
It was a wasteful performance for Go for Gold-CSB, turning the ball over 33 times with Gutang and Unique Naboa committing five each.
Fil-Am shooter Roosevelt Adams also made his debut, but only mustered nine points and six rebounds in 18 minutes of action.
- Clare-Virtual Reality 92 - Fontanilla 27, Hallare 13, Rubio 11, Palencia 11, Ambuludto 9, Pare 8, Santos 7, Rivera 3, Fuentes 3, Tecson 0, De Leon 0.
Go for Gold-CSB 78 - Gutang 16, Belgica 13, Haruna 12, Adams 9, Dixon 8, Naboa 5, Pangalangan 4, Pasturan 4, Leutcheu 3, Carlos 2, Velasco 2, Young 0, Nayve 0, Lim 0.
Quarterscores: 22-16; 38-33; 59-60; 92-78.