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Cebuana upends Jumbo, forces do-or-die match (January 30, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Paul Zamar of Cebuana (light) vs Chris Rosales of Jumbo (dark). NUKI SABIO/PBA

MANILA, Philippines—Taking things to one more bout, the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems shone with great luster dismantling the Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Giants, 63-53, to force a rubber match in the PBA D-League quarterfinals at the Ynares Sports Arena Thursday evening.

Cebuana had to fight their way through a twice-to-beat disadvantage and, true enough, took the first game in the end game, outscoring the Giants 19-9.

With only two possessions separating them, 57-53, the Gems found their carats and sealed the game off with six unanswered points as Paul Zamar knocked down a three-pointer off a pick with 2:52 remaining and Allan Mangahas floating one in from the baseline with 47.4 for the final score.

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Breadstory forces rubber match against Cafe France (January 30, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

Rodney De Leon of Cafe France (light) vs Jiovani Jalalon and Louie Vigil of Breadstory (dark). NUKI SABIO/PBA

MANILA, Philippines – Playing with a huge chip on their shoulders, the Breadstory Smashing Bakers turned back the Cafe France Bakers, 79-72, in the first playoffs match of the PBA D-League Thursday afternoon at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

Breadstory had to battle a twice-to-beat disadvantage against Cafe France in the second outing of the Battle of the Bread.

A 22-point lead for Breadstory could not hold back a determined Cafe France as the Bakers went on a 23-3 tear across the third and fourth quarters to cut it to four, 58-54, with Maverick Ahanmisi scoring on a layup off an inbound steal.

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Cafe France, Jumbo seek semifinal berths today (January 29, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

Cafe France and Jumbo Plastic expect much improved rivals as they try to complete the Final Four cast in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup today.

“Their intensity will be different,” noted Giants coach Stevenson Tiu.

The third-ranked Bakers clash with Bread Story-Lyceum at 2 p.m., while the fourth-seeded Giants battle the streaking Cebuana Lhuillier at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinal showdown at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

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Red-hot Suns rout Wangs, sweep elimination round (January 27, 2015)
Mark Giongco [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines — Showing no letup, Cagayan Valley completed a sweep of the elimination round following a 104-66 drubbing of Wangs Basketball in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Monday at the Marikina Sports Complex.

The Rising Suns, coming off a statement win over erstwhile league-leader Hapee last Thursday, showed no mercy against the also-ran Couriers — outscoring them by 15, 31-16, in the fourth quarter despite heading into the final frame ahead, 73-49.

Jason Melano flirted with a double-double with 23 points and nine rebounds while guard Abel Galiguez, who hit the last-second triple in an 80-77 win over the Fresh Fighters, added 12 points for Cagayan, which upped its record to 11-0.

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Aziz Mbomiko of Breadstory (light) vs Ford Ruaya of Racal (dark). PBA D-LEAGUE IMAGE by Nuki Sabio

MANILA, Philippines – Bread Story-Lyceum survived Racal Motors, 93-90, to claim the last quarterfinals slot in the 2015 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Monday at the Marikina Sports Complex.

Cameroonian Aziz Mbomiko nailed the go-ahead jumper, 92-90, with 20 seconds left after Wilson Baltazar sank the game-tying 3-pointer, 90-all, with 43 ticks remaining for the Pirates, who also booted the Tanduay Light Rhum Masters out of contention in the process.

“This kind of game will help the players develop their character and confidence,” said Bread Story head coach Bonnie Tan. “I thought they responded well when things were not going our way.”

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Bread Story shoots for last q’final berth Monday (January 26, 2015)
Jasmine W. Payo [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

CAGAYAN Valley goes for an 11-game sweep even  as Bread Story-Lyceum shoots for the last quarterfinal berth on the final day of eliminations in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup today.

After shocking heavyweight Hapee, the Rising Suns hope to wrap up their run with a victory over the eliminated Wangs at 4 p.m. at Marikina Sports Complex.

“It will give us confidence going into the semifinals,” Cagayan’s Fil-Am guard Abel Galliguez said as the Rising Suns vie to stay unbeaten heading into the Final Four.

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Cagayan snaps Hapee’s run, extends win streak to 10 (January 23, 2015)
Bong Lozada [ Source: Inquirer ]

PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines – They were the big guys of the league and they delivered mightily.

Looking at a potential overtime, Abel Galliguez took it upon himself and launched a three-pointer from the right wing to give the Cagayan Rising Suns an 80-77 victory over the Hapee Fresh Fighters in their PBA D-League matchup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig Thursday evening.

Galliguez looked on as his long bomb found the bottom of the net with one second remaining.

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