CAFÉ France built an early lead and survived Big Chill's fightback, 80-75, on Monday for its third straight victory in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Arena in San Juan.
The Bakers went ahead 27-7 in the first quarter, enough to hold off several rallies by the Superchargers.
Mike Parala had 15 points to lead four other Bakers in twin digits.
Alfred Batino had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Marion Magat scored 13, while Mark Lopez and Alvin Abundo contributed 10 points each respectively.
Knuttel also dished out nine assists as Café France tied Blackwater Sports at 3-1.
Terrence Romeo led the Superchargers with 23 markers to go with six rebounds, one assist and
Big Chill now has an even card at 2-2.
The Superchargers put up several mini-rallies but couldn’t pull off a huge one to overcome the big deficit.
They snatched the momentum in the third and held Café France to just one point while coming up with their own six points to trim the deficit, 48-40, before falling silent.
Later in the third, Big Chill sliced the deficit to seven, 49-56, with a 7-0 run in a span of one minute but could not sustain the run.
Big Chill coach Robert Sison was ejected from the playing court with 23.2 seconds left in the game after he was slapped with a second technical foul due to continuous complaining following Mar Villahermosa’s sixth personal foul. Sison was given his first technical foul as he crossed the hash mark early in the second half.
Cafe France 80: Parala 15, Batino 14, Magat 13, Lopez 10, Abundo 10, Knuttel 7, Silungan 6, Gallardo 5, Magbitang 0, Maconocido 0.
Big Chill 75: Romeo 23, Villahermosa 14, Bringas 13, Nuyles 8, Santos 7, Canlas 6, Lozada 3, Heruela 1, Holstein 0, Dumapig 0, Montilla -0.
Quarterscores: 29-13; 47-34; 66-57; 80-75.