CAFÉ France forced a rubber match for the PBA D-League Foundation Cup title, downing Hapee, 76-70, in Game Two on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The decider of the best-of-three series is on Thursday.
Cafe France became the first team to force a third and final game for the title in the history of the PBA D-League.
Heroes were aplenty for Café France, with Samboy De Leon scoring 14 points and hitting 3-of-6 attempts from beyond the arc.
Alfred Batino had 11 points while Rodrigue Ebondo had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bakers.
Eloy Poligrates had eight points and converted a layup with 15 seconds to play in the fourth to seal the win for the Bakers.
The Bakers never trailed, leading by as many as 18 points and protected it all the way.
“We played good defense today. Everybody wants to stop Hapee. It’s not just about one player. It’s all about Team Hapee. The boys tried to stop Hapee,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya.
Chris Newsome had 15 points and 10 rebounds for Hapee, which also got 14 and 10 from Art de la Cruz.
De la Cruz, however, landed hard after a layup attempt late in the fourth quarter, sparking a near melee. Team managers Bernard Yang of Hapee and Jun Tiongco of Café France were sent off for their part in the melee.
Café France (76)—De Leon 14, Batino 11, Ebondo 10, Sedurifa 9, Jeruta 8, Abundo 8, Poligrates 8, Ahanmisi 7, Cortes 1, Galanza 0, Miranda 0, Noble 0, Andrada 0.
Hapee (70)—Newsome 15, Dela Cruz 14, Rosario 13, Thompson 9, Elorde 6, Romero 5, Amer 3, Mendoza 3, Sorela 2, Gamboa 0, Villahermosa 0, Koga 0.
Quarterscores: 21-12; 45-30; 62-48; 76-70.