CAFEFRANCE coach Egay Macaraya had one short assessment about how the Bakers lost Game One of the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
“Sa tingin ko, fourth quarter lang kami naglaro ng basketball,” said a dejected Macaraya. “I don’t know what happened.”
Macaraya felt his team played uninspired basketball for the first three quarters of the match after CafeFrance fell to Phoenix Petroleum, 82-78, in Game One on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.
It was only the Bakers’ second defeat in the conference after they went 8-1 in the regular season and swept their way to the finals by beating Wangs Basketball and Tanduay during the playoff round.
The Bakers were able to chop the Accelerators’ lead of 20 points to close the gap but it wasn’t enough to impress Macaraya, who was left to rue their lack of effort in the series opener.
“Maybe it’s complacency. The energy and the effort, wala doon eh. Hopefully, we could bounce back next time,” said Macaraya, before politely excusing himself from the interview to join his coaching staff.
The Bakers look to tie the series in Game Two set on Tuesday, 12 noon at the Filoil Flying V Centre, hoping that they don’t go down 0-2 in the PBA D-League finals series that was turned into a best-of-five this conference for the first time in league history.