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.
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