Latest Stories

Café France coach hoping for a miracle vs NLEX; Fruitas faces Big Chill


MANILA, Philippines—Groping for form, Fruitas hopes to get it going when it faces Big Chill in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Tuesday at the Trinity University of Asia gym.

But the Shakers might have to double their efforts once again if center Ola Adeogun still won’t be available due to an injury.

“He’s is still questionable,” said Fruitas head coach Nash Racela.

Fruitas, which is in seventh place with a 2-3 record, has to start padding on to its wins if it wants to improve its position for quarterfinals slot.

“We treat every game a must-win to have a chance at the playoffs,” Racela said. “Good thing we had a couple of good practices to work on ourselves.”

The Superchargers, on the other hand, are looking to rebound from their 24-point defeat against defending champion NLEX.

“The team’s morale is intact and the players know their capabilities and ability to bounce back after a loss. We just have to give more emphasis on our defensive game plan against Fruitas,” said Big Chill coach Robert Sison.

Meanwhile, Cafe France head coach Egay Macaraya can only hope for a miracle as the Bakers aim to stop the streaking Road Warriors in the first game.

“The team is dreaming of a merry, merry Christmas. Miracles always happen every day and especially during the Christmas season,” said Macaraya.

Café France, which is at 3-2, is coming off an 86-78 win over Informatics but will definitely have its hands full against NLEX.

“Our motivation factor is making history. But the chances of making the next round depends on the results of our games against NLEX and Blackwater Sports,” Macaraya said. The Bakers play the Elite on Dec. 20.

The Road Warriors, who boosted their outright semifinals bid after beating Cagayan in their previous game, will put their historic 24-game winning streak on the line.

“Café France may be in the middle of the standings but in terms of statistics they are in the top 3,” NLEX head coach Boyet Fernandez noted.

NLEX, the lone unbeaten team this conference at 7-0, hasn’t lost since the semifinals last January 30.

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Basketball , Cafe France , Fruitas , PBA D-League , Sports

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Traffic from provinces to Manila light on Black Saturday
  • Sub search for missing plane to be done in week
  • Gloomy weather on Black Saturday–Pagasa
  • Mixed feelings for Gabriel Garcia Marquez in hometown
  • Korea ferry captain arrested, divers spot bodies
  • Sports

  • Duke’s Rodney Hood joining Jabari Parker in NBA draft
  • Phelps entered in 3 events at comeback meet
  • Boston prepares for huge wave of marathon visitors
  • Motivated LeBron James preps for postseason
  • Nadal ousted by Ferrer in Monte Carlo quarters
  • Lifestyle

  • Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • Entertainment

  • Myx TV premieres Asian American ‘docu-series’
  • A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show
  • EXO postpones release of mini album ‘Overdose’
  • ‘X-men’ filmmaker slams ‘fabricated’ sex attack claims
  • Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC
  • Business

  • Fiat-Chrysler to produce iconic Jeep in China from 2015
  • US commerce secretary spells out economic facet of ‘pivot to Asia’
  • Italy sells luxury state cars on eBay
  • Asian shares mostly up in quiet trade
  • Dollar up in Asia on US jobs data, Ukraine deal
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • OFW from UAE tests negative for MERS-Cov–health chief
  • Multicultural flock marks Good Friday in San Francisco
  • Las Vegas ‘Pinoy Pride’ fest hails Filipino heritage
  • Marking Jesus’ journey on Good Friday
  • Filipina accomplice arrested for fake bills in Malaysia
  • Marketplace