CafeFrance downs Tanduay in early season clash of titans
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 23, 2017 07:41 PM
FIRST BLOOD. Paul Desiderio impressed in his debut with contending CafeFrance.
Michael Calisaan and Paul Desiderio roared in their CafeFrance debut, carrying the load as it scored an 83-67 win over Tanduay in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.
The pair took the load for the Bakers and led the team in erecting a 26-point lead, 61-35, in the third frame.
Though the Rhum Masters battled back and trimmed the lead to just six, Desiderio took charge anew as he led the final 16-6 blast to end the game and seal the victory.
Calisaan poured 23 points and seven rebounds while Desiderio unloaded seven of his 16 markers in the final eight minutes, to go with his six boards.
"My recruits stepped up and that's the positive for us. Hopefully, that continues and everybody starts jelling," said coach Egay Macaraya. "If that happens, it will be a good season for us."
Congolese center Rod Ebondo also added a double-double with his 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Bong Quinto paced Tanduay with 12 points and five rebounds before fouling out in the fourth, while Mark Cruz, Raphy Reyes, and Paul Sanga all wound up with 11 markers in the defeat.
Meanwhile,Racal took advantage of its experience and dealt Blustar Detergent with a 51-point beatdown, 109-58.
Rey Nambatac got himself going early and fired six of his 16 points in the first quarter as the Tile Masters, also among those considered to be contenders, began their campaign on the right note.
RACAL 109 - Nambatac 16, Gumaru 14, Onwubere 12, Cabrera 11, Flores 11, Mangahas 10, Torres 9, Corpuz 7, Salado 6, Gabayni 4, Gabawan 4, Singontiko 3, Terso 2, Apreku 0.
BLUSTAR 58 - Heng 16, Mak 11, Liaw 9, Kwaan 7, Yong 6, Choong 4, Shadzwan 2, Gan 2, Ang 1, Zhi 0, Wong 0, Liew 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-8, 50-20, 83-40, 109-58.
CAFE FRANCE 83 - Calisaan 23, Desiderio 16, Ebondo 15, Casino 9, Gabriel 4, Jeruta 4, Arim 3, Faundo 3, Manlangit 3, Wamar 3, Aquino 0, Guinitaran 0, Veron 0.
TANDUAY 67 - Quinto 12, Cruz 11, Reyes 11, Sanga 11, Eguilos 6, Moralde 6, Santos 4, Cenal 2, Ibay 2, Sollano 2, Palma 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 21-28, 43-30, 65-53, 83-67.