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    Bakers win fourth in row to gain share of lead

    Apr 4, 2013
    Cafe France guard Jens Knuttel, who had six points and 14 assists, tries to keep his dribble alive. Jerome Ascano

    CAFÉ France chalked up its best start in franchise history when it beat EA Regen Medical Group, 107-92, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup.

    The Bakers came up with their fourth consecutive win for a 4-1 win-loss and a share of the lead with Blackwater Sports in the team standings.

    Michael Parala shot a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range to finish with 21 points followed by Mike Silungan, who converted four of his eight shots from behind the arc and contributed 20 points.

    “Everybody is playing well,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya. “Mataas ang morale ng lahat. It’s a good sign for Café France.”

    Alvin Abundo had 15 points while Marion Magat held his own down low against the twin towers of EA Regen in Ian Sangalang and Raymund Almazan by contributing 11 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks.

    Jens Knuttel issued 14 assists and also had six points for the Bakers.

    The loss was the Regens’ second in a row for a 1-2 win-loss record.

    A 36-29 Café France lead in the first quarter paved the way for the high-scoring game with Abundo scoring 11.

    Sangalang’s undergoal stab gave EA Regen a 66-64 lead but Parala led a 9-0 run in the third to pull away. The Bakers even led, 93-80, on a Parala basket early in the fourth.

    The scores:

    Café France (107) – Parala 21, Silungan 20, Abundo 15, Magat 11, Batino 10, Gallardo 10, Maconocido 9, Knuttel 6, Magbitang 5, De Leon 0, Lopez 0.

    EA Regen Medical Group (92) – Aquino 22, Sangalang 18, Apinan 15, Bautista 10, Sanga 8, Almazan 5, Semira 4, Tolentino 3, Terso 3, Mirza 2, Maiquez 0, Juico 0, Allen 0.

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    Quarterscores: 36-29; 60-54; 88-78; 107-92.

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    Cafe France guard Jens Knuttel, who had six points and 14 assists, tries to keep his dribble alive. Jerome Ascano
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