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Cafe France, Jumbo gain

  • Written by Theodore P. Jurado
  • Published in Basketball
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PLAYING catch-up in the second half, Café France regrouped just in time to pin Cagayan Valley-Gerry's its second straight loss with a 86-80 victory yesterday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Filoil Flying V Arena.
The Bakers, who exploded for 34 points in the payoff period, rallied from a 52-66 hole, as Aaron Jeruta buried a go-ahead triple to grab the lead, 81-78, with 1:25 remaining and never looked back.
Earlier, Jumbo Plastic proved that its stunning win against Hapee was no fluke as it rallied from a six-point deficit in the final 3:25 to humble KeraMix, 78-72, for its second straight win and join Café France and idle AMA University in second place.
Rod Ebondo had a double-double effort of 18 points and 16 rebounds while Samboy de Leon added 17 points and eight boards for the Bakers.
"Yung two weeks kaming nabakante, parang hindi na kami marunong mag-basketball. Pero at least, na-overcome namin, the boys showed character so hopefully madala namin sa susunod na games," said Café France mentor Egay Macaraya, whose troops played for the first time since beating Tanduay Light last March 23.
The Rising Suns, who dropped two straight after beating the Titans in the conference opener, drew 14 points from Adrian Celada.
Glenn Khobuntin, Dennice Villamor and Alex Almario starred in the Giants' telling 9-0 run to grab a 72-69 advantage, with 1:44 remaining.
Michael DiGregorio fired his seventh triple to force the game's final deadlock at 72-72, but the Mixers were held scoreless in the final 50 seconds as costly errors hastened their downfall.
"Mahaba kasi ang vacation kaya ine-expect ko rin na first part (ng game), mawawala sa rhythm. Ang maganda, mga second stringers ko nag-step up," said Jumbo Plastic coach Steve Tiu.
Former Jose Rizal University mainstays Almario and Philip Paniamogan shone for the Giants, who followed up their 64-61 victory over the Fresh Fighters.
The seldom-used Almario finished with 17 points and five steals, while Paniamogan added 12 points, 10 rebounds and three assists for Jumbo Plastic.
"Siya ang nag-dictate ng tempo ng game," said Tiu, referring to Almario, who had a superb job of  holding KeraMix guard  to 10 markers.
DiGregorio scattered all of his 21 points from beyond the arc for the Mixers, who dropped their second straight game after opening the conference at 2-0.
The scores:
First game
Jumbo Plastic (78) -- Almario 17, Paniamogan 12, Perez 12, Villamor 10, Khobuntin 8, Sabelina 7, Avillanoza 4, Tiongson 4, Eguilos 2, Rosales 2.
KeraMix (72) -- DiGregorio 21, Viernes 10, Parala 8, Saitanan 8, Jalalon 7, Ruaya 5, Gabawan 4, Jamito 4, Gil 3, Agovida 2, Canta 0.
Quarterscores: 22-18, 40-35, 55-52, 78-72.
Second game
Café France (86) -- Ebondo 18, De Leon 17, Cortes 15, Ahanmisi 13, Jeruta 9, Andrada 6, Abundo 3, Miranda 3, Sedurifa 2, Galanza 0, Batino 0, Noble 0.
Cagayan-Gerry's (80) -- Celada 14, Trollano 12, Mabulac 9, Tayongtong 8, Galliguez 7, Magat 7, Santos 7, Austria 6, Melano 6, Rogado 4, Arquero 0, Dilay 0, Flores 0.
Quarterscores: 19-22, 32-35, 52-66, 86-80.