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    Cafe France wears down AMA main man Jay-R Taganas to tighten grip on second spot in D-League

    Apr 27, 2015
    Bakers reinforcement Rod Ebondo tries to force his way through the AMA defense. Czeasar Dancel

    SAMBOY De Leon and Jam Cortes each scored 27 points and Cafe France used a telling third quarter pullaway to beat AMA University, 92-75, on Monday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

    The Bakers outscored the Titans, 23-10, in the third frame en route to their fifth straight win, strengthening their grip on second place with a 5-1 slate behind unbeaten leader Cebuana Lhuillier (6-0).

    Cafe France coach Egay Macaraya took advantage of their run-and-gun play to tire out AMA's Jay-R Taganas.

    “That was really the game plan. I thought our up tempo game took its toll on Jay-R. I also thought my bigs did a good job tiring him out.

    “He wasn’t as effective and got into foul trouble in the third. Taking away Jay-R’s game really hurt AMA,” Macaraya said.

    Taganas finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds in 40 minutes of action, but AMA suffered its third straight loss for a 2-4 slate. The Titans failed to sustain their play after tying the game at 38 late in the second quarter.

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    The scores:

    Cafe France (92) - De Leon 27, Cortez 27, Sedurifa 12, Ebondo 9, Abundo 5, Batino 4, Jeruta 2, Celso 2, Ahanmisi 2, Andrada 2, Galanza 0, Miranda 0, Noble 0.

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    Quarterscores: 18-20; 43-38; 66-48; 92-75.

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