PBA D-League semis series gets going | Inquirer Sports

PBA D-League semis series gets going

By: - Reporter / @jwpayoINQ
/ 02:50 AM March 22, 2016

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TOP seed Cafe France may be focused on its back-to-back title bid, but it also can’t wait to avenge its lone defeat to Tanduay Rhum at the start of the PBA D-League semifinals Tuesday.

Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya believes that the Bakers’ 74-79 loss to the Rhum Masters in the eliminations would be enough to fire up his crew when the two squads clash in Game 1 of the best-of-three series at 4 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.

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“It will be a very good motivation for us to fight hard because they’re the only ones who beat us,” said Macaraya.

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Caida Tiles and Phoenix-Far Eastern University collide in the other Final Four pairing at 2 p.m. where the Tile Masters gun for a repeat of their lopsided 108-91 win.

Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson, though, doesn’t want to use their eliminations victory over Cafe France as a confidence-booster.

“You throw those stuff out the window,” said Chongson. “Cafe France is a champion team.”

But Chongson’s crew has a penchant for upsets. The fifth-ranked Rhum Masters also overcame the twice-to-beat quarterfinal edge of No. 4 University of the Philippines-QRS/Jam Liner to advance.

Caida coach Caloy Garcia also thinks his Tile Masters, despite finishing No. 2 in the eliminations, stand on equal footing with the Accelerators.

“They’re a college team and they’ve played so long,” Garcia said of the Accelerators, who have been banking on Mac Belo and Mike Tolomia.

But Phoenix coach Eric Gonzales countered: “Talent-for-talent, they are the better team. But I hope we play with pride as UAAP champions.”

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TAGS: Cafe France Bakers, CAIDA, PBA D-League, Phoenix-FEU, Semifinals, Tanduay

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