CAFÉ France got back to its winning ways by defeating Hog’s Breath Café, 75-58, to gain solo third place in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at The Arena in San Juan Monday.
The Bakers improved to 5-2 (win-loss) overall, having won four of their last five games as they bounced back from their 62-84 defeat against NLEX last week.
Moncrief Rogado scored a game-high 17 points in just 16 minutes of play in his debut for Café France after being released by Informatics.
Mike Silungan had 10 of his 15 points in the first period, while Marion Magat had 14 points and three blocks.
The Bakers pulled away by outscoring Hog’s Breath, 24-6, in the second period.
The win moved Café France just a few games behind league-leaders Blackwater Sports (5-1) and Fruitas (4-1). The top two finishers in the eliminations advance outright to the semifinals.
“Target na siguro namin ay semifinals,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya. “Huwag lang kaming bibitaw.”
Hog’s Breath Café, which continuous to miss the services of Letran star Kevin Racal due to a knee injury, skidded to a 1-6 (win-loss) slate.
Rogado, the streak-shooting guard who also dabbles as practice player for Petron in the PBA, was acquired by Café France to beef up its scoring in lieu of injured former NCAA Rookie of the Year Josan Nimes.
“Kulang din kasi kami dahil wala si Josan. Malaking bagay si Moncrief sa position niya,” Macaraya said.
Café France (75) - Rogado 17, Silungan 15, Magat 14, Lopez 9, Parala 7, Batino 4, Abundo 4, Gallardo 3, Maconocido 2, De Leon 0, Pagkatipunan 0, Knuttel 0, Magbitang 0, Cornejo 0.
Hog’s Breath Café (58) - Robles 16, Roy 13, Macasaet 9, Pacquiao 5, Malinao 5, Eman 4, Lima 4, Belorio 2, Armecin 0, Rabalo 0, Alguno 0, Pangilinan 0, Cayabyab 0, Morillo 0.
Quarterscores: 21-17; 45-23; 65-40; 75-58.