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    NLEX coach not taking Cafe France lightly in D-League battle of in-form teams

    Jan 12, 2014
    Coach Boyet Fernandez says NLEX can't afford to take Cafe France lightly. Jerome Ascano

    NLEX seeks to extend its winning ways on Monday when the Road Warriors face Café France in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at the JCSGO gym.

    The Road Warriors will be aiming for their fourth straight victory in the 2 p.m. game against another team that is also on a winning run in the Bakers.

    NLEX has a strong shot at gaining one of the two automatic semifinal berth with its 6-1 win-loss slate following an 89-70 win over Jumbo Plastic Linoleum last Thursday.

    But the Road Warriors expect a tough game against the Bakers, who are currently on a four-game winning run.

    “Café France is playing well of late. I should say they are a dangerous team. We have to match their energy and intensity,” said NLEX coach Boyet Fernandez.

    Café France is in a tie for fifth place with a 7-3 win-loss record and an upset win over NLEX will give the Bakers a good chance of entering the playoffs. The third to sixth ranked teams will move into the quarterfinal round.

    In other matches, Wang’s Basketball (4-7) and National University-Banco De Oro (1-7) aim to get back to winning ways when they collide at 12 noon.

    Cebuana Lhuillier (3-4) goes for its third straight win when it battles Air21-Arellano (1-10) at 4 p.m.

    Standings: Big Chill 10-1, NLEX 6-1, Jumbo Plastic 8-3, Hog’s Breath 8-3, Cagayan Valley 7-3, Café France 7-3, Blackwater Sports 5-3, Boracay Rum 5-5, Cebuana Lhuillier 3-4, Wangs Basketball 4-7, Zambales M-Builders 2-9, NU-BDO 1-7, Derulo Accelero 1-9, Air21-Arellano 1-10.

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    Coach Boyet Fernandez says NLEX can't afford to take Cafe France lightly. Jerome Ascano
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