CafeFrance begins Foundation Cup title defense against Mindanao Aguilas
Carl Bryan Cruz and the Bakers look to start the conference with a big win. Dante Peralta

CAFEFRANCE begins its defense of the Foundation Cup title against Topstar ZC Mindanao Aguilas as PBA D-League action opens on Thursday at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The Bakers won over Hapee last year but lost in the Aspirants Cup finals to Phoenix Petroleum.

Head coach Egay Macaraya said his wards are eager to make up for the loss last conference.

“We can’t wait to get back to the court,” said Macaraya.

The Bakers will have an intact line-up that with the core of Centro Escolar University team as well as veterans Carl Bryan Cruz and Paul Zamar.

The Bakers take on the Aguilas, who have acquired JR Cawaling and Robin Rono.

Tanduay battles AMA Online Education in the second game at 4 p.m.

The Rhum Masters are looking to sustain their Aspirants Cup performance when they reached the semifinal round.

“After making the semis and failing to advance further in the previous conference, I'm pretty sure that it's just logical for us to aspire to hurdle that phase this time around,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson.

Gelo Alolino and Louie Vigil are the new additions in the Rhum Masters, who have also retained Rudy Lingganay and Val Acuna.

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