PBA: Maverick Ahanmisi, Converge douse Meralco fight back
MANILA, Philippines — Converge weathered a massive second-half rally orchestrated by Meralco and walked away with a 106-99 win at the PBA Commissioners Cup on Saturday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Maverick Ahanmisi scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, tripling as FiberXers refused to falter even after squandering a goal lead to go 2-2 in the convention. mid-season.
“It’s a good win after two consecutive losses,” said coach Aldin Ayo, who won on his 45th birthday. “The way we won shows our character. We lost a [22-point lead] but we were able to recover,” he added.
Import Quincy Miller scored 29 points, including a three-point play that gave Converge a 98-97 lead of 1:37 to start the game.
Ahanmisi’s final trio, 39 ticks left, made it 102-97 to almost seal the result for Converge after wasting 68-46 late in the second half.
The Bolts were back from import Johnny O’Bryant, who, after fouling four times in the first half, scored 22 of 27 points after the break.
But O’Bryant and Bolts were unable to maintain their three-point lead as Ahanmisi moved to the top of the season despite Miller being sidelined for three minutes midway through the final.
Meralco dropped to 1-3, damaging coach Norman Black’s return after missing last week’s win over Terrafirma due to health and safety regulations.
FiberXers salutes coach Aldin Ayo
WATCH: Converge coach Aldin Ayo receives birthday wishes from his team following a 106-99 win over Meralco.Ayo, who turns 45 today, guided FiberXers to their second win after four starts at the PBA Commissioner’s Cup (via Jonas Terrado, Philippine Daily Inquirer)
Sent by Inquirer Sports on Saturday, October 15, 2022
CONVERGE 106 – Miller 29, Ahanmisi 21, Bulanadi 12, Teng 11, Ilagan 10, Tratter 9, Melecio 8, Stockton 4, Racal 2, Ambohot 0.
MERALCO 99 – O’Bryant 27, Black 18, Maliksi 14, Caram 14, Quinto 12, Hodge 10, Pasaol 4, Johnson 0, Almazan 0, Jose 0, Pascual 0.
Areas: 35-26, 68-48, 87-82, 106-99.
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