(Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City)
3 p.m. – Victoria Sports vs CaféFrance
5 p.m. – Tanduay vs Cignal-San Beda
CaféFrance shoots for its fourth straight win and maintain at least a piece of second place when it battles an inspired Victoria Sports-MLQU squad today in the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The Bakers take on Victoria in the 3 p.m. opener, hoping to play with a much-better resolve after being given a scare in the 84-74 win over the Wangs Basketball Couriers last week.
In that game, CaféFrance needed a 14-2 run to end the third after engaging Wangs in a seesaw affair bridging the first half and early in the said period.
“Everybody wanted to win but there was no energy and effort in the first half. I’m happy that we bounced back in the second half although there were still some lapses,” said Bakers coach Egay Macaraya.
The Bakers will rely on University of the Philippines star Paul Desiderio, who scored 23 points on 5-of-9 triples in that contest. Also to lead the charge are Rod Ebondo, Michael Calisaan and Jeepy Faundo.
Victoria Sports is coming off a breakthrough 76-66 triumph over the skidding Jose Rizal University Heavy Bombers.
Robbie Herndon, Aries Dionisio and Chris Bitoon keyed Victoria Sports’ win after starting the conference with four straight losses.
Meanwhile, Tanduay and Cignal-San Beda meet in a crucial affair at 5 p.m. with the winner gaining ground in the standings.
Cignal enters the game likewise tied with CaféFrance at 4-1 while Tanduay is in fifth place with a 3-2 record.