CAFE France and Cagayan Valley extended their winning runs by hacking out contrasting victories Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Bakers drew big games from Jam Cortez and Samboy de Leon to repulse AMA University, 92-75, before the Rising Suns slipped past Tanduay, 87-84.
Cortez and De Leon finished with 27 points apiece as Cafe France rolled to a fifth straight victory that put them within a game off pacesetter Cebuana Lhuillier.
CAFÉ France shoots for a fifth straight victory today when it battles AMA University in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The Bakers have rebounded impressively after their loss to the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems, racking up four straight victories, including a 79-55 crushing of Livermarin last Thursday.
But the Bakers will be facing a dangerous AMA squad which has the height and heft to cause matchup problems Cafe France in their 1 p.m. encounter.
Cebuana Lhuillier nailed a sixth straight PBA D-League Foundation Cup victory but only after surviving a gritty stand from AMA University Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.
The Gems leaned on the clutch play of Simon Enciso to hack out a 97-90 overtime victory that firmed up their hold of top spot with a 6-0 record.
The Titans seemed poised for an upset with a one-point edge with 1:23 left, before Enciso sparked a closing 8-0 run to lift the Gems to victory while sending AMA to a third loss in five outings.
Off to their best start since joining the PBA D-League in 2010, the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems are not about to take their foot off the pedal.
The Gems seek a sixth straight win when they clash with the AMA University Titans at 1 p.m. today in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
“Every time you have that kind of run you tend to relax so I keep reminding the players that this is just a short tournament so we have to win as many games as we can,” Gems coach Boycie Zamar said.
FINDING its stride in the second period, Cebuana Lhuillier coasted to a fifth straight win Monday after turning back Jumbo Plastic, 81-66, in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.
The Gems unleashed a barrage of baskets to close the first half and never looked back as they tightened their grip of top spot, while sending the Giants to their second straight defeat.
Earlier, Cagayan Valley eased the pain of its finals defeat in the Aspirants Cup with a 104-89 crushing of Hapee.
Cebuana Lhuillier seeks to tighten its grip of top spot when it collides with Jumbo Plastic Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan even as Hapee and Cagayan Valley meet for the first time since their recent title duel in the Aspirants Cup.
The Gems, whose acquisition of Moala Tautuua and Jackson Corpuz boosted their firepower, are gunning for a fifth straight victory in the 3 p.m. duel with the Giants who are coming off a defeat to Cagayan Valley last week.
Wary of the Giants’ strength, Cebuana coach Boycie Zamar expects no letup from his charges.
KeraMix found the right blend of offense and grit as it put down Hapee, 77-73, in a physical matchup in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Thursday afternoon at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
A game so dramatic that even non-players received technicals.
Mixers head coach Caloy Garcia, team doctor IB Mendoza, and Hapee team manager Bernard Yang were all given technicals at the 6:06 mark of the third quarter.