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Café France tops Big Chill


JECSTER Apinan of EA Regens draws a foul on the way to the basket from Maclean Sabellina of Boracay Rum in yesterday’s game. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

Michael Parala and Alfred Batino combined for 29 points as Café France sustained a strong start to upset favored Big Chill, 80-75, yesterday and grab a share of second place at 3-1 in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at Filoil Flying V Arena.

Boracay Rum rallied to best EA Regen Med, 85-75, to climb to 3-2, while Cagayan Valley improved to 2-1 with an 83-74 triumph over Jumbo Plastic.

Meanwhile, the search for the Philippine representative to the Fiba Asia 3-on-3 tournament kicked off yesterday with Hog’s Breath (Michael Lima, Jefferson Morillo and Paul Alguno) and Cebuana Lhuillier (Alvin Padilla, Gerard Bautista, Gian Chiu and Gab Banal) scoring.

Hog’s Breath downed Informatics (Eric Acuna, Mark Montuano, Jayson Ibay and Cedric Ablaza), 14-13 in overtime, while Cebuana Lhuillier nipped NLEX (Garvo Lanete, Jake Pascual, Eric Camson and Kevin Alas), 11-10.

The winner will represent the country in the Fiba tilt on May 15 to 16 in Qatar.

The scores:
First Game
CAFE FRANCE 80—Parala 15, Batino 14, Magat 13, Lopez 10, Abundo 10, Knuttel 7, Silungan 6, Gallardo 5, Magbitang 0, Maconocido 0.
BIG CHILL 75—Romeo 23, VillahermoSa 14, Bringas 13, Nuyles 8, Santos 7, Canlas 6, Lozada 3, Heruela 1, Holstein 0, Dumapig 0, Montilla 0.
Quarters: 29-13, 47-34, 66-57, 80-75
Second Game
BORACAY RUM 85—Sabellina 22, Taha 21, Viernes 10, Ilagan 8, Cabrera 8, Acibar 7, Eguilos 5, Tagarda 4, Arellano 0, Siruma 0, Bandaying 0, Rosopa 0.
EA REGEN MED 75—Aquino 20, Apinan 17, Sangalang 10, Bautista 8, Terso 7, Sanga 5, Maiquez 3, Juico 2, Almazan 2, Semira 1, Tolentino 0, Vitug 0, Miranda 0.
Quarters: 12-26, 36-42, 55-59, 85-75
Third Game
CAGAYAN VALLEY 83—Poligrates 17, Celada 14, Exciminiano 13, Canta 10, Bringas 8, Lao 6, Cruz 5, Del Rio 4, Lansang 0, Webb 0, Montemayor 0.
JUMBO PLASTIC 74—Ignacio 16, Mariano 13, Tan 13, Najorda 9, Hayes 8, Del Rosario 5, Vidal 5, Acosta 5, Foronda 0, Daquioag 0, Escueta 0.
Quarters: 17-16, 30-31, 58-55, 83-74

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