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    Bakers end five-game skid with win over Icons

    Mar 19, 2013
    Informatics' Jam Cortes battles Cafe France's Michael Parala and Marion Magat for the ball. Jerome Ascano

    CAFÉ France snapped a five-game skid dating back to last conference as the Bakers beat Informatics, 84-77, in overtime on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan.

    The Bakers came from behind to beat the Icons, launching a 9-0 run to start off the extra session en route to their first win in two outings.

    Café France last won in December against NLEX, ending the Road Warriors’ 24-game winning streak. But the Bakers lost their final four games in the Foundation Cup and opened the Aspirants Cup with a loss to Blackwater Sports last week.

    “We still have new players kaya walang gelling,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya. “Pero credit to the boys. Hindi sila nag-give-up.”

    “This is a boost kasi first time namin nanalo tapos overtime pa,” Macaraya added.

    It was another overtime loss for the Icons, who also had to play an extra period before bowing to Boracay Rum, 85-93.

    Raymond Maconocido and Marion Magat had 16 and 15 points apiece and combined for 13 points in overtime to help Café France seal the victory after overcoming a 45-56 deficit at the end of the third.

    John Magbitang tied the match at 66 with his only basket of the game, a jumper with 19.3 seconds left in the fourth period.

    A triple by Michael Parala and two free throws by Maconocido put the Bakers ahead, 75-66.

    The scores:

    Café France (84) – Maconocido 16, Magat 15, Knuttel 14, Parala 14, Gallardo 7, Abundo 4, Pagkatipunan 3, Lopez 3, De Leon 2, Silungan 2, Magbitang 2, Cornejo 2, Batino 0.

    Informatics (77) – Teng 22, Cortes 15, Rogado 13, Matute 13, Benitez 9, Gamboa 4, Camus 1, Cabonce 0, Ablaza 0, Acidre 0.

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    Quarterscores: 9-18; 24-38; 45-56; 66-66; 84-77.

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    Informatics' Jam Cortes battles Cafe France's Michael Parala and Marion Magat for the ball. Jerome Ascano
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