CAFÉ France tries to capture its first win on the court when the Bakers face the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Monday at the Arellano gym.
In its first game of the conference, the Bakers bowed to Fruitas, 82-88, but were awarded the victory after the Shakers’ Joseph Eriobu was found to be ineligible to play due to incomplete citizenship documents.
“With the new acquisitions, we need time to gel and work on our chemistry,"said Café France coach Egay Magaraya.
“But the sudden turnaround gives us a boost. We need it so much against a strong team like Cagayan. Hopefully, we’ve learned our lesson well. That’s the bottom line,” he added.
After a 2-0 start to the conference, the Rising Suns were sent crashing back to earth with a 78-91 loss to Erase XFoliant last week.
“The team that won our first two games displayed remarkable intensity on defense and offense and had good teamwork,” said Cagayan Valley coach Alvin Pua. “The one that lost to Erase did not have the same focus. Defensively, we were awful, particularly in the third quarter when Erase ripped the game open.”
It will be a homecoming of sorts for James Forrester and Adrian Celada, current and former Arellano Chiefs, as they play in their homecourt.
Forrester, a vital cog in the Rising Suns’ first two victories, definitely needs a boost playing in front of home fans after failing to score against Erase XFoliant.
In the first game, Erase XFoliant looks to follow up its win over Cagayan Valley as it takes on newcomer Informatics at 2 p.m.