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Bakers open title bid vs Aguilas; D-League opens on Jan. 21

03:55 PM January 04, 2016
Cafe France Bakers

The Cafe France Bakers made history last season when it outlasted the Happy Fresh Fighters in a thrilling Game 3 of the Foundation Cup Finals to win their first ever PBA D-League title. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net

Cafe France aims for another championship while eight other teams try to go all the way as the latest PBA D-League season unfolds this month.

The nine teams disputing for the first conference title will play a single-round elimination format.

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Game days will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

Tiebreaks will be broken via the PBA quotient system.

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Eight teams advance from that point, with the top four earning a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Winners move on to play in a best-of-three semifinals with the victors fighting for the crown in a best-of-five duel.

Caida, bannered by this year’s top pick Jason Perkins, will open the sixth season against a hungry Tanduay Light squad in the curtain raiser at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan at 2 p.m., following the short opening ceremonies at 1 p.m on Jan. 21.

UP QRS-JAM Liner and BDO-NU, meanwhile, renew their UAAP rivalry to end the opening day twinbill at 4 p.m.

The Bakers will begin their campaign against the Mindanao Aguilas crew on Jan. 25 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig at 2 p.m., followed by the tussle between Phoenix Petroleum-FEU and Wangs Basketball at 4 p.m.

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