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Boracay Rum, Cafe France close in on D-League quarters

Boracay Rum and Café France completed huge victories to fortify their bids for a quarterfinal berth in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.

The Waves trounced PC Gilmore, 71-41, while the Bakers turned to their backcourt to outclass DUB Unlimited, 85-77, in Tuesday’s matches at the San Juan Gym to make a strong bid for a quarterfinal seat.

Boracay Rum now carries a 5-5 win-loss card at the end of its campaign for fifth place and will have to wait for its fate. The Waves are followed by Café France, which improved to 4-5 tying the struggling RnW Pacific Pipes with a game left in their conference.

Jeff Viernes, who lit up with 24 points in the Bakers’ previous outing against Freego Jeans, had 19 points but he was also helped by Lyle Antipuesto and Mac Montilla as they combined for 33 points for their second straight victory.

Michael Parala tallied 14 points and 14 rebounds while Chris Dumapig had 10 rebounds for Café France, who outrebounded DUB Unlimited, 62-52.

“The players are inspired knowing that we have still have a chance to make it to the quarterfinals. It will be tough but this win will boost our confidence,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya.

Café France needs a win against NLEX on January 17 in order to gain at least a playoff for a quarterfinal berth.

“Whatever happens, we are proud of what happened this conference,” Macaraya added.

DUB slipped to 1-9 ending its eliminations at the bottom of the cellar.

Despite a sloppy first quarter, Café France defended well holding DUB to five-of-22 shooting from the field for a 30-19 advantage after 10 minutes of play with a five-of-eight three-point clip.

Viernes and Antipuesto hit big jumpers in the second period for Café France to take a 47-36 halftime lead.

DUB’s shooting woes didn’t help its cause with only a 29 percent from the field all game.

PC Gilmore saw its four-game winning streak snapped and it came at the wrong time falling to 4-6 as its quarterfinal hopes faltered.

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