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    Gems rally past Bakers

    Nov 22, 2012
    Cebuana Lhuillier's JR Buensuceso gets out of the way as Cafe France's Aaron Jeruta loses his balance. Jerome Ascano

    PAUL Zamar and June Dizon scored all the points in a telling 18-0 run to help Cebuana Lhuillier win 76-68 over Café France and snap its two-game skid in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

    Zamar had 17 points while Dizon had 10 in the game, scoring 20 of the Gems’ 33-point production in the fourth to improve their record to an even 2-2 win-loss slate.

    Dizon, who also grabbed 11 boards, began the game-clinching run with a three-point swing while Zamar’s three-point basket had the Gems up, 74-61, with two minutes left.

    That run erased a 61-56 advantage for Café France, which could not recover and hit just one field goal in the final five minutes of the game.

    The Gems, coming off losses to Fruitas (90-91) and Cebuana Lhuillier (61-81), snapped their skid despite a sluggish first quarter that saw them score just six.

    “We are just lucky with the win. Eto naman ang pinag-darasal ko na to get back in the win column para magkaroon kami ng kumpiyansa,” said Cebuana Lhuillier coach Beaujing Acot.

    “Losing by one point and 20 points, mahirap maka-bounce back,” he added.

    Raymond Aguilar added 12 points while Jopher Custodio pumped in 11 for the Gems.

    Café France joins Cebuana Lhuillier with a 2-2 card.

    Roger Pogoy had a game-high 19 points, while Jens Knuttel had 15 points but fouled out with three minutes to play.

    The scores:

    Cebuana Lhuillier (76) – Zamar 17, Aguilar 12, Custodio 11, Dizon 10, Banal 6, Buensuceso 6, Sarangay 4, Tagarda 2, Mangahas 2, Bautista 2, Mabayo 2, Leynes 2, Rowe 0.

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    Café France (68) – Pogoy 19, Knuttel 15, Parala 12, Mendoza 5, Jamon 5, Alas 4, Magbitang 3, Jeruta 2, Magat 2, Antipuesto 1, Padilla 0, Gallardo 0.

    Quarterscores: 6-13; 26-26; 43-46; 76-68.

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