Cafe France dismantles Wang's to secure first semis seat

By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG--Cafe France-CEU dominated Wang's from the start and hacked out a 90-72 win in the first PBA D-League Aspirants Cup quarterfinal match at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday.

The top-seeded Bakers did not make full use of their twice-to-beat advantage and pounded the eighth-seeded Couriers right from the get-go to finish them off.

Samboy De Leon tallied 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Mon Abundo added 11 points, three rebounds, seven assists, and four steals without a turnover for Cafe France-CEU, which will take on the winner of the quarterfinal pairing of UP-QRS-JAM and Tanduay in the best-of-three semifinals.

Mark Romero came off the bench to lead Wang's, which barely made the playoffs despite a dismal 1-7 record, with 12 markers, three rebounds, two dimes, and one steal.

Box Scores:

Cafe France-CEU 90-De Leon 15, Cruz 13, Abundo 11, Jeruta 10, Villahermosa 8, Zamar 8, Celso 8, Ebondo 6, Manlangit 6, Opiso 2, Arim 2, Guinitaran 1, Anunciacion 0

Wang's 72-Romero 12, Capacio 10, Tayongtong 8, Munsayac 7, Bautista 7, Mangahas 6, Publico 5, Acosta 4, Jo. Montemayor 4, Tumalip 4, Cabahug 3, Ragasa 2, Cueto 0

Quarterscores: 26-9, 51-31, 73-51, 90-72

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