JOSAN Nimes put the final touches to a game-winning run by Café France as it beat struggling National University-Banco De Oro, 74-69, on Tuesday in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.
Nimes shook off back spasms to score five straight points to wrap up a game-clinching 9-0 run by the Bakers that improved their record to 4-3 win-loss.
NU-BDO was on pace for its first win but Rod Ebondo and Mac Montilla broke a 54-54 deadlock in the fourth before Nimes took over.
Café France coach Egay Macaraya hopes Nimes can continue playing despite struggling with back spasms.
“Josan is an integral part of our offense so hopefully he will stay healthy until the remainder of our campaign. He’s still hurting and I’m just glad he was able to play long minutes and give us a lift,” said Macaraya.
“This is a big win for us. It kept us close behind the leaders and somehow keep us in contention for the playoffs,” Macaraya added.
Joshua Alolino led the Bulldogs with 13 points as they remained winless in six outings. Bobby Ray Parks didn’t play due to back spasms.
Café France (74)—Nimes 19, Ebondo 17, Montilla 10, Jamon 9, Gallardo 8, Abundo 6, Batino 3, Sarangay 2, Sedurifa 0, Parala 0, Mutombo 0, De Leon 0.
NU-BDO (69)—Alolino 13, Rono 11, Khobuntin 10, Rosario 9, Villamor 8, Neypes 7, Labing-isa 4, Perez 4, Javillonar 3, Javelona 0, De Guzman 0.
Quarters: 14-20; 33-36; 49-49; 74-69.