CAFÉ France looks to stretch its winning streak to three when it takes on Blackwater Sports on Thursday in the PBA Developmental League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena.
The Bakers downed cellar-dwelling Informatics before turning back league-leading NLEX to improve to 4-2 and they now share third spot with Blackwater. The Elite, on the other hand, are hoping to get back on track after their four-game winning run was stopped by NLEX 70-68.
Victory for either will be a big boost for their bid for an outright semifinal berth, and Bakers coach Egay Macaraya hopes his boys would play with “a sense of urgency” in the 12 p.m. match.
“I told the boys this is the start of the journey of being a winner. So we have to face all challenges now and always play with a sense of urgency because teams won’t take us for granted anymore,” Macaraya said.
“The key in winning this game (vs Blackwater Sports) are extra effort and energy. Doing the little things will make the difference,” he added.
NLEX leads with an 8-1 win-loss record followed by Big Chill at 5-2 but Elite coach Leo Isaac believes they still have a good chance to grab a spot in the top two.
“I like our chances. We will end the year with a win and tied for second place in the team standings,” Isaac said.
NLEX, meanwhile, looks to assert its supremacy over Cebuana Lhuillier (3-3) in the 2 o’clock match. The Road Warriors have never lost to the Gems in two seasons.