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    Adeogun, De la Cruz carry undermanned Hapee past Cebuana and into D-League finals

    Jun 15, 2015

    AN undermanned and weary Hapee brandished championship poise under pressure to withstand Cebuana Lhuillier, 73-66, on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig and advance to the PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals opposite Café France.

    The Fresh Fighters, missing Gilas cadets Baser Amer, Troy Rosario, and Scottie Thompson, led most of the way, but had to weather a late storm by a Gems side that is also shorthanded but had been fancied to pull off the gutsy win.

    Ola Adeogun and Art de la Cruz, just a day after a championship conquest with San Beda in the Filoil Flying V Cup, delivered this time for the Fresh Fighters, who moved to a second straight finals appearance in the developmental league following their Aspirants Cup title run.

    “How we were able to get through it is a testament to the audacity of the players,” Fresh Fighters coach Ronnie Magsanoc said. “They were challenged because talagang malakas yung kalaban.”

    The Fresh Fighters thus set up a finals meeting against the Bakers, who swept Cagayan Valley in their own Final Four tussle, with the best-of-three series starting on Thursday.

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