BREADSTORY-Lyceum forced a knockout match for a semifinal berth with a 79-72 win over Café France on Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Jackson Corpuz and Jiovanni Jalalon scored 21 points each as the sixth-ranked Pirates outscored the Bakers, 28-13, in the second period on their way to victory, forcing a rubber match in the quarterfinals.
The Lyceum-backed Pirates continued their winning form that took them to the final seat in the quarterfinals, claiming their fourth win in five outings.
The knockout match will be played on Monday.
“Ayaw pa ako paalisin sa Lyceum,” said Breadstory coach Bonnie Tan, in his final few games with Lyceum after resigning from the post. “Supposed to be, this is going to be my last year with the team. Hindi ko pa siguro last game.”
Corpuz and Jalalon combined for 16 points in the fourth as the Pirates, who led by as many as 24 points, survived a comeback attempt by the Bakers in the quarter.
Café France mounted a 21-3 run to cap off the third quarter to cut the gap to 58-52. The Bakers closed in further, trailing by only 70-68 with 1:56 left in the game.
After Louie Vigil scored a three-pointer for Breadstory, Jalalon scored the final six points of the Pirates in the game.
Café France import Rodrigue Ebondo has apparently not fully recovered from an ankle injury, having played for only four minutes.
Breadstory (79)—Corpuz 21, Jalalon 21, Gabayni 9, Baltazar 5, Mbomiko 5, Daquioag 5, Vigil 5, Lao 3, Bangga 3, Taladua 2, Gamboa 0, Zamora 0, Bulawan 0.
Café France (72)—Ahanmisi 14, Sedurifa 12, Alolino 10, Cruz 8, Noble 6, Batino 6, Andrada 5, Jeruta 4, De Leon 4, Abundo 2, Galanza 1, Cortes 0, Ebondo 0.
Quarterscores: 18-18; 46-31; 58-52; 79-72.