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    Poligrates, Knuttel lead way as Cafe France defeats Cebuana Lhuillier

    Oct 31, 2013
    Eliud Poligrates of Cafe France tries to get past James Martinez of Cebuana Lhuillier. Dante Peralta

    PBA rookie hopefuls Eliud Poligrates and Jens Knuttel stepped up for Cafe France as it downed Cebuana Lhuillier, 70-67, in the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup at Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday.

    Poligrates came away with 23 points, while Knuttel contributed 12 markers and dished out 10 assists for the Bakers as they even their record, 1-1.

    "Sa tingin ko pinu-push ng mga magpapa-draft sa Sunday, ang ganda ng laro nina Ping, Pol, Mike Parala at Jens," said Cafe France coach Edgar Macaraya referring to Ping Exciminiano, Poligrates, Parala and Knuttel.

    Cafe France broke loose from a close game, 60-57, late in the fourth after a 6-2 run by Knuttel and Plogrates for a seven-point gap, 66-59.

    Cebuana retaliated with its own 6-2 rally to cut down the deficit, 67-70, but James Martinez lost the ball to Exciminiano with 2.5 left to play, which sealed the outcome of the game.

    Paul Zamar scored 15 points, Papot Paredes added 10 and Martinez chipped in 10 for Cebuana Lhuillier (0-1).


    The scores:

    Cafe France 70: Poligrates 23, Knuttel 12, Exciminiano 9, Parala 9, Ebondo 7, Sedurifa 4, Nimes 2, Abundo 2, Sarangay 2, Mutombo 0, De Leaon 0, Gallardo 0.

    Cebuana Lhuillier 67: Zamar 15, Paredes 10, Martinez 10, Olivares 8, Aguilar 8, Banal 6, Dizon 5, Noble 3, Leynes 2, Javier 0, Alas 0, Casajeros 0.

    Quarterscores: 18-14; 26-25; 50-45; 70-67.

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    Eliud Poligrates of Cafe France tries to get past James Martinez of Cebuana Lhuillier. Dante Peralta
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