first_imgLevi Hernandez (left) of Che’Lu tries to drive past Go for Gold’s Paul Desiderio. —PBA IMAGESPaul Desiderio is never afraid to take the big shots with the game on the line.The standout from the University of the Philippines proved that again Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gab Banal, the Game 2 hero, chipped in 11 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Vince Tolentino added 19 for Go for Gold, which clawed its way back from a 46-62 hole.Stuck in a nine-point deficit, the Scratchers went on a 24-11 blast capped by Desiderio’s second triple to grab a 95-91 lead with 26.3 seconds left.Game 1 star Jeff Viernes countered with a quick two on the other end, and after a Jai Reyes split from the line, Chris Bitoon knotted the score with 14.7 ticks to play.Desiderio committed the foul that sent Bitoon to the line, but he recovered with the game’s biggest basket to seal the victory.“You have to give credit to the players, all the credit to the players. The only thing I told them at halftime is it’s a championship game,” Tiu said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Desiderio hit the game-winning layup with 3.4 seconds to play, allowing Go for Gold to escape with a nail-biting 98-96 victory over Che’Lu Bar and Grill and take a 2-1 lead in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The gutsy Fighting Maroon also drilled two clutch triples in the last 65 seconds of the match before sealing his heroics by driving past Levi Hernandez for the marginal basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I rode with Paul. I said, ‘Get the ball, do whatever you want, just take us home,’ and he did,” said coach Charles Tiu.Desiderio started waxing hot in the second half, nailing 22 of his 28 points there as the Scratchers moved to within a win of claiming the crown. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Powered by putting, Gialon gets in the middle of Carlos-Kim duel DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Go for Gold goes for the jugular on Game 4 on Tuesday.Viernes led Che’Lu with 23 points and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img