Batangas pulls off big-time upset at expense of CafeFrance
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 13, 2017 07:05 PM
SURPRISE! Dan Sara and Batangas ended the season with a bang!
Batangas finished its initial foray in the PBA D-League with a 91-69 stunner over CafeFrance in their no-bearing tiff Monday at the JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.
Fighting for pride, the Batanguenos leaned on Dan Sara to orchestrate their strong start while banking on Joseph Sedurifa to seal the deal.
Sara poured all of his 16 points in the first two quarters, alongside three rebounds and two assists while Sedurifa drilled 11 of his 16 markers in the fourth frame, on top of 11 boards and six assists to improve Batangas’ record to 4-5, good for seventh in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup.
“We definitely got something from this and we did what we’re talking about all conference long, that we need to keep on improving,” said coach Eric Gonzales, as his side racked its third win in its last four games.
Cedrick Ablaza added 13 points and five rebounds while Joey Lascano had 12 markers and six boards.
Batangas took advantage of a lackadaisical CafeFrance crew, taking a 52-32 halftime lead before ballooning the advantage to 25, 72-47, in the third quarter.
Michael Calisaan still kept the Bakers in the game, chipping away the lead to its lowest at 13, 76-63, with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter, but Sedurifa imposed his will to give the win for Batangas.
Calisaan topped CafeFrance with 14 points and eight rebounds while Oliver Arim had 13 markers and three boards in the no-bearing game.
Still, the Bakers will be sitting at third-place in the playoffs with their 5-4 record where they will enjoy a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals.
BATANGAS 91 - Sara 16, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 13, Lascano 12, Saitanan 11, Mendoza 10, Dela Pena 5, Mangabang 4, Isit 2, Laude 2, De Joya 0, Delfinado 0, Inciong 0, Revadavia 0.
CAFEFRANCE 69 - Calisaan 14, Arim 13, Aquino 8, Faundo 7, Manlangit 6, Veron 5, Casino 4, Desiderio 4, Guinitaran 4, Wamar 4, Ebondo 0, Mercado 0.
QUARTER SCORES: 25-18, 52-32 74-55, 91-69.