CAFE France got an immediate boost from new acquisition Joseph Sedurifa and the Bakers hope the former PBA player can sustain the fine play as they vie for a spot in the finals of the PBAD-League Aspirants Cup.
Sedurifa’s Aspirants Cup stint was extended even as Batangas was eliminated as he joined the Bakers in the quarterfinals, tapped as a third scoring option after Congolese import Rod Ebondo and UP Maroon Paul Desiderio.
The former Meralco player scored 15 points to as Café France beat Jose Rizal University, 86-75, in the quarterfinals.
The Bakers take on the Racal Tile Masters in the best-of-three semifinals starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at the Marikina Sports Complex.
"I need somebody na papalit kay Desiderio dahil wala naman akong ibang scorer. So inisip ko si Joseph lang makakatulong," said Macaraya.
Aside from scoring punch, Macaraya believes Sedurifa will bring maturity to the team.
"Beterano sya, madadala nya morale ng mga bagong players," he said.
"We have to make our jumpshots because if we're not making our outside shots, hindi makakatanggap ng bola si Ebondo sa ilalim," said Macaraya.
"That's the problem of zone. Kailangan naming maging consistent dun sa outside shooting."