CaféFrance, Racal favored
CaféFrance and Racal have been installed as title favorites after beefing up their respective rosters in time for the PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup which starts on Jan. 19 at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
Aching to rebound from last year’s loss to Phoenix in the finals of the same conference, CaféFrance signed UAAP Mythical Five member Paul Desiderio of University of the Philippines, San Sebastian’s Michael Calisaan and University of Santo Tomas’ Jeepy Faundo.
The three will join forces with Centro Escolar University standouts Rod Ebondo, Aaron Jeruta and JK Casino as the Bakers seek their second title since joining the league in its inaugural season in 2011.
Racal, under new coach Jerry Codiñera will have his Arellano players on his roster in Lervin Flores, Kent Salado, and Donald Gumaru.
Alaska’s Calvin Abueva celebrates after the Aces beat the Star Hotshots in overtime, 97-90, in their PBA Philippine Cup game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Abueva finished with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Aces. (Rio Deluvio)