Café France eliminates AMA in PBA D-League


JK Casino waxed hot late and carried Café France to an 86-70 victory to eliminate AMA Online Education from the Final Four race on Thursday in the 2016 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.

His back-to-back threes ignited a 17-2 tear to turn a 64-59 AMA lead with six minutes left to a comfortable 76-66 lead for the Bakers in the endgame.

Casino fired 14 of his 20 points in the fourth, as he went on a 6-of-11 shooting from threes to go with five rebounds and five assists.

“We know that JK is a shooter. Though we have good shooters in the team, today was JK’s day. We’re thankful that he saved the day,” said coach Egay Macaraya.

Congolese big man Rod Ebondo led Cafe France with a double-double of 25 markers, 14 boards, and two blocks, while Carl Bryan Cruz tallied 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Final Four cast has also been set in the win, with Cafe France, Racal, Phoenix, and Tanduay all gunning for the top two spots, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.

Rashawn McCarthy topped AMA (3-6) with 28 points, five rebounds, and five assists, while James Martinez got 15 markers, four boards, and three assists in the loss.

The Scores:
First Game:
CAFE FRANCE 86 – Ebondo 25, Cruz 21, Casino 20, Zamar 7, Manlangit 5, Abundo 4, Jeruta 2, Parala 2, Anunciacion 0, Arim 0, Custodio 0, Opiso 0.

AMA 70 – McCarthy 28, Martinez 15, Ortega 8, Jordan 6, Arambulo 4, Jo. Montemayor 4, Asuncion 3, Taganas 2, Belleza 0, Bragais 0, Macaranas 0, Je. Montemayor 0.

Quarters: 25-20, 45-44, 54-55, 86-70.


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