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    Cafe France battles JRU as D-League resumes

    Jan 7, 2013
    Coach Egay Macaraya and the Cafe France Bakers hope to get back on track after dropping their last match of 2012. Jerome Ascano

    CAFÉ France finally gets a chance to bounce back after a disappointing end to last year as action in the PBA Developmental League Aspirants Cup resumes on Tuesday.

    Before the holiday break, the Bakers suffered a 60-81 loss to Blackwater Sports and slipped to a tie for fourth place with Cagayan Valley (4-3) and now the Bakers hope to boost their semifinal bid when they take on Jose Rizal University at the JCSGO gym in Quezon City.

    “Our loss (to Blackwater Sports) was a nightmare for us and it’s haunting our daily lives,” said Café France head coach Egay Macaraya.

    “I just hope we could recover sooner and winning against JRU (Jose Rizal University) is the best remedy.”

    The Bakers-Heavy Bombers match is set at 4 p.m.

    Only six of the 11 teams will survive the first cut and eighth-running JRU hope to improve its 2-4 win-loss slate to avoid early elimination.

    In the first game, Fruitas goes for its third straight win when it goes up against winless Informatics at 2

    p.m.

    The Shakers are in sixth place with a 3-3 win-loss card and still has a chance to capture one of two slots for a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.

    Fruitas coach Nash Racela hopes to shake off the rust quick and avoid getting stunned by the still winless Icons.

    “They will be tough to beat, especially having practiced through the holiday season. Hopefully they don’t get their first win against us,” Racela said.

    NLEX leads with a 9-1 record followed by Big Chill and Blackwater with 5-2 cards.

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    Coach Egay Macaraya and the Cafe France Bakers hope to get back on track after dropping their last match of 2012. Jerome Ascano
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