CAFE France has forced a rubber match in PBA D-League Foundation Cup championship, beating Hapee in Game 2, 76-70, at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City on Monday.

This is the first time that a do-or-die game will be happening in D-League's finals history.

“Records are meant to be broken, so hopefully we will win the championship and the rest is history,” said Cafe France coach Edgar Macaraya.

Game 3 is set on Thursday also at the Ynares Sports Arena.

Before clinching the victory, Cafe France capitalized on Hapee’s cold shooting and sloppy ball handling to dictate the game's pace.

Hapee went on a shooting slump and committed two turnovers which led to a quick 8-0 run by Cafe France early in the first quarter.

Finishing with 14 points, Cafe France guard Samboy de Leon took over in the second quarter as he drained two of his three-pointers. The Bakers went 4 for 9 from beyond the arc, and led as much as 18 points in the first half, 43-25.

The Fresh Fighters made a late game charge led by Chris Newsome's 10 points in the payoff period to pull his team within six points, 73-67, with 1:34 remaining.

Eloy Poligrates answered with 15.5 ticks left but Troy Rosario hit a triple to make it a five-point game, 75-70.

That would be the closest the Fresh Fighters could get as Rod Ebondo sank one of his charities to frustrate Hapee’s bid to win the series after taking Game 1 last June 18. (Jan Keanu Plantilla, UST intern/Sunnex)