PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Converge averts meltdown to spoil debut of San Miguel import Devon Scott

Delfin Dioquino
Converge averts meltdown to spoil debut of San Miguel import Devon Scott

DENIED. Converge import Quincy Miller outduels debuting San Miguel reinforcement Devon Scott.

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Import Quincy Miller hosts a block party, while Aljun Melecio comes up with the big plays as Converge nails its second straight win

MANILA, Philippines – Converge averted a fourth-quarter collapse and hacked out a 106-102 win over a San Miguel side parading a new import in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig on Friday, October 21.

Quincy Miller shone on both ends with 24 points, 16 rebounds, 9 blocks, and 3 steals as he outdueled debuting Beermen reinforcement Devon Scott to lift the FiberXers to their second straight victory for a 3-2 record.

New Converge acquisition Aljun Melecio also shared the spotlight with 18 points and 7 assists, with most of his dimes coming in the win-clinching 11-0 burst that erased a late five-point San Miguel lead.

Melecio ignited that stretch with a baseline jumper to cut their deficit to 97-100 and dished out three straight assists to Mike DiGregorio, Justin Arana, and Miller for a 104-100 advantage.

Veteran guard Maverick Ahanmisi then capped the run with a floater as the FiberXers got the job done in the endgame despite squandering a seven-point edge in the fourth quarter.

Jeron Teng came off the bench and posted 13 points and 8 rebounds, DiGregorio had 12 points, while Ahanmisi chipped in 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Though still sorely missing recovering big man June Mar Fajardo, the Beermen still put up a fight behind the duo of CJ Perez and Mo Tautuaa.

Perez finished with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists, while Tautuaa netted 23 points and 10 rebounds as the two helped anchor the 11-0 run that swung an 89-95 deficit to a 100-95 lead with less than five minutes left.

But San Miguel scored just a single basket the rest of the way and absorbed its third loss in four games.

Scott, who came in as a replacement for Diamond Scott, still delivered solid numbers of 16 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 blocks in the defeat.

The Scores

Converge 106 – Miller 24, Melecio 18, Teng 13, DiGregorio 12, Ahanmisi 10, Bulanadi 8, Ilagan 8, Arana 7, Tratter 3, Stockton 3, Hill 0.

San Miguel 102 – Perez 29, Tautua 21, Scott 16, Lassiter 7, Enciso 6, Herndon 6, Manuel 6, Brondial 3, Ross 0.

Quarters: 33-24, 59-48, 86-79, 106-102

– Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.