Converge prevailed over NLEX in their PBA Commissioner’s Cup match on Saturday night at the Ynares Center in this city by a score of 108-84 despite the fact that they had to play without Quincy Miller for the first half of the game.
Miller was shown a red card just a few minutes before the end of the first half, but the locals, led by Aljun Melecio, stepped up for the FiberXers to ensure that they maintained control of the game.
The FiberXers surged to a 55-29 lead with 3 minutes and 10 seconds remaining in the first half after their outside shooting began to click again.
On the other hand, almost two minutes later, Miller committed a rough foul on Brandon Rosser that was counted as a Flagrant Foul Penalty 2, which resulted in him being sent out of the game.
Still, Converge showed grit despite going all-Filipino the rest of the way, particularly late in the fourth quarter after the team pulled away for good after NLEX began the period with a 12-0 run that brought the team to within just 10 with 9:11 left. This was especially true after the team pulled away for good after NLEX began the period with a run that drew the team to within just 10 with 9:11 left.
The FiberXers are now in a virtual tie for first place with the Magnolia Hotshots and the Bay Area Dragons thanks to Aljun Melecio’s career-best performance of 24 points, five rebounds, and six assists. Melecio also destroyed his previous career-high with this performance.
Before leaving the game early, Miller finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist, and one block. He was perfect from long range, scoring all three of his attempts from there.
Before their matchup on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, the Converge team, which now holds a record of 6-2 and has won five consecutive games, is currently tied for first place in the conference with the Phoenix organization as the two teams with the best recent play.
The Road Warriors’ record dropped to 3-4 as a result of Rosser’s performance, which included 24 points, nine rebounds, one assist, and one block.
TNT put a stop to its mini-slump midway through the elimination phase in the second game by adding to Terrafirma’s current difficulties and winning 121-90. This victory added to TNT’s previous success.
In spite of the Dyip’s tenacious defense in the first half, the Tropang Giga were able to pull away for good in the third quarter and blow the game wide open with a 37-23 scoring advantage over their opponents.
Cam Oliver scored 26 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, dished out five assists, blocked one shot, and stole one ball to lead TNT to a victory that evened the team’s record at 4-4.
Jjay Alejandro contributed 17 points off the bench, going 7 for 8 from the field.
The team will take a break for two weeks while some of its players, head coach Chot Reyes, and son Josh travel to the Middle East for Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. Gilas Pilipinas will be competing in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.
Lester Prosper’s explosive 32-point performance, which also included 13 rebounds, two assists, and one steal, was flushed down the drain as Terrafirma fell to 0-8 in the league and suffered their 24th consecutive loss overall.
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