JOSEPH Sedurifa finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds to help Cafe France turn the tide following a disappointing third quarter to beat Bread Story-Lyceum, 88-74, on Thursday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Sedurifa scored 11 points in the fourth period in eclipsing the previous conference-high of 31 by teammate Maverick Ahanmisi this conference as the Bakers improved their win-loss record to 6-2 before the holiday break.
Sedurifa’s heroics preserved Café France’s effort after losing an 18-point first half lead. Bread Story managed to tie the game at 62 at the end of the third before Sedurifa took charge to keep the Bakers ahead.
“Buti na lang naka-recover,” said Café France coach Egay Macaraya. “The boys want a merry Christmas.”
More importantly, Café France cemented its hold of third place with a good chance of either making it to the semifinals outright or clinching a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.
The top two teams advance automatically to the semifinals while the third and fourth placers get the twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.
“We have a very good chance in getting the semifinals or the twice-to-beat which will be the first time if it happens. Hopefully, magtuloy-tuloy na,” Macaraya said.
Sedurifa, who won the MVP in the Naascu in 2013 while playing for Centro Escolar University, started out hot with 17 points in the first quarter as the Bakers posted a 30-16 lead and extended it to 46-37.
The Bakers shot a miserable 4 for 15 in the third period, allowing the Pirates to tie the game at 62 entering the fourth. But a triple by Sedurifa and a four-point play by Rod Ebondo put the clamps on a Bread Story comeback.
Ebondo had 13 points for the Bakers, who sent Bread Story to its fifth loss in seven games.
Café France (88)—Sedurifa 32, Ebondo 13, Ahanmisi 12, Abundo 9, Batino 6, Galanza 5, Cortez 4, De Leon 3, Jeruta 2, Andrada 2, Huertas 0, Celso 0, Noble 0.
Bread Story-LPU (74) – Gabayni 19, Gamboa 16, Baltazar 14, Mbomiko 9, Bulawan 5, Vigil 5, Daquioag 4, Jalalon 2, Corpuz 0, Lao 0, Elmejrab 0, Bangga 0.
Quarterscores: 30-16; 46-37; 62-62; 88-74.