Adamos takes advantage of longer minutes, delivers for Cignal (March 24, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Ben Adamos tries to get away from the defense of Paul Varilla. PBA IMAGES

Sparingly used for the length of the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Ben Adamos finally got his break in Game 2 of Cignal-San Beda’s semifinals matchup against Tanduay on Thursday.

Coach Boyet Fernandez unearthed the hardworking big man to aid the Hawkeyes’ frontline, which got thoroughly outplayed in Game 1 as the Rhum Masters eviscerated the boards, 47-36, two days back.

And to the mentor’s delight, Adamos did provide the help he was badly looking for as Cignal outlasted Tanduay. 89-86, to equalize the series on Thursday and force a do-or-die Game 3 on Tuesday.

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Jeruta breaks out of slump in nick of time for Bakers (March 24, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Aaron Jeruta drives past Gwynne Capacio. PBA IMAGES

With the season on the line, Aaron Jeruta finally got over the hump and came up big for Cafe France.

The veteran guard came to the Bakers’ rescue, willing them in the fourth quarter as they rose back from the dead and came away with the 86-75 heist over Racal to force a winner-take-all affair in their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals on Thursday.

“Aaron Jeruta stepped up. He’s the only veteran in the team and he was the missing link. This was his breakthrough game,” said coach Egay Macaraya of his 5-foot-8 playmaker.

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 Cafe France's Aaron Jeruta drives past Racal's Gwyne Capacio in the PBA D-League on Thursday. Courtesy of the PBA Media Bureau

MANILA, Philippines — Unheralded Aaron Jeruta anchored a huge finishing kick to power Cafe France's 86-75 come-from-behind win over Racal in Game 2 of their best-of-3 semifinals series in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.

The diminutive guard fired 10 of his 18 points in the final quarter, while also tallying six assists and four rebounds.

He provided the spark in the Bakers' late 16-4 run that allowed them to steal the win.

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 Jason Perkins saved the day for Cignal. Richard Esguerra, ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines — Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo came to Cignal-San Beda's rescue, as they towed the Hawkeyes to an 89-86 win over Tanduay in Game 2 of their semifinals series in the PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The close victory saved Cignal's campaign and allowed it to force a winner-take-all Game 3.

Perkins, the former De La Salle University standout, nailed two go-ahead three-pointers in the final 2:32, then Raymundo dropped the dagger floater with 25.4 seconds left to spare the Hawkeyes from elimination.

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Racal, Tanduay shoot for championship berths (March 23, 2017)
Cedelf P. Tupas [ Source: Inquirer ]

Racal Tilemasters.

Its confidence boosted by a pulsating victory two days ago, Racal shoots for a first finals appearance in the PBA D-League when it clashes with Cafe France on Thursday in Game 2 of the Aspirants’ Cup semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

The Tile Masters hope to end their long wait for a championship berth against a Cafe France squad raring to avenge its narrow loss in Game 1 last Tuesday.

Tanduay also seeks to nail a finals berth against top seed Cignal-San Beda in Game 2 of their own series at 3 p.m.

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‘Ebondo not Superman:’ Macaraya seeks better output from locals (March 23, 2017)
Randolph B. Leongson [ Source: Inquirer ]

Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/

Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya called out his locals as he desperately looked for any semblance of help following his side’s 88-86 Game 1 loss to Racal to open their best-of-3 semifinals on Tuesday.

The soft-spoken mentor made it clear that the Bakers could not depend on Congolese Rod Ebondo alone, and he needs more contributions from his other wards if they want to extend the series to a deciding Game 3.

“We cannot rely on just Ebondo because Ebondo is not Superman. Ebondo will always be a problem inside for the opponents, but we know that we have no one to replace him when he sits down,” he said.

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Streaking Cignal faces Tanduay; Racal vs CF (March 21, 2017)
Kristina Villanueva [ Source: Philippine Star ]

PBA D-League

MANILA, Philippines - Cignal-San Beda hopes to ride the crest of its eight-game run as it takes on Tanduay even as Racal tries to reassert its mastery over Cafe France in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals at the Marikina Sports Complex today.

The top-seeded Hawkeyes (8-1) tangle with the Rhum Masters at 5 p.m. at the start of their best-of-three series, looking to duplicate their 85-71 romp in the eliminations.

Cignal has never dropped a game since losing to AMA Online Education, 85-94, last Jan. 24, piling up victories to clinch an outright semis berth.

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