PBA Commissioner’s Cup

Miller, Converge shoot lights out vs TNT for 3rd straight win

Delfin Dioquino
Miller, Converge shoot lights out vs TNT for 3rd straight win

SIDELINED. Quincy Miller sits out as he watches Converge lose for the first time in over a month.

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Converge rains 21 three-pointers against TNT in a record-setting win for the FiberXers franchise

MANILA, Philippines – Quincy Miller sparked the scoring spree and powered Converge to a wire-to-wire 130-117 win over TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, October 28.

The former NBA player erupted for 38 points on 9 triples to go with 20 rebounds and 5 assists as the FiberXers shot the lights out throughout by draining 21 of their 40 three-pointers for a red-hot 53% clip.

With Miller waxing hot, the locals followed suit with Jeron Teng and Aljun Melecio putting up 22 and 20 points, respectively, in the rout that saw Converge already breach the century mark with 4:30 minutes left in the third quarter.

The FiberXers entered the fourth period with a sizable 113-85 lead before they warded off a last-ditch comeback from the Tropang Giga.

Back-to-back Cameron Oliver buckets and a Kib Montalbo trey pulled TNT within single digits, 117-126, with under two minutes remaining before Teng and Justin Arana sealed Converge its third straight win for a 4-2 record.

Converge heated up early by draining 8 triples – 4 coming from Miller – to end the opening quarter with a 43-34 advantage and continued to sizzle in the second period as it lead ballooned to 26 points at halftime, 73-47.

The FiberXers already had four players in double figures after the first half: Miller with 18, Teng and Melecio with 12 each, and Arana with 10.

But Converge did not stop there, erupting for 40 points in the third frame en route to setting new franchise records for most points in a game (130), points in a quarter (43), assists in a game (34), and three-pointers in a game (21).

Arana finished with 14 points, 19 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Mike DiGregorio fired 13 points in the romp that saw the FiberXers lead by as many as 35 points.

Oliver put the Tropang Giga on his back with 41 points – 13 coming in the fourth quarter – and 11 rebounds, but their huge deficit proved too much to overcome.

TNT fell to 3-3.

Mikey Williams churned out 27 points and 6 assists, while Roger Pogoy delivered 19 points, 5 assists, and 5 steals in the losing effort.

The Scores

Converge 130 – Miller 38, Teng 22, Melecio 20, Arana 14, DiGregorio 13, Ahanmisi 8, Ilagan 5, Tratter 5, Stockton 3, Racal 2, Hill 0, Bulanadi 0.

TNT 117 – Oliver 41, M.Williams 27, Pogoy 19, Montalbo 13, Castro 9, Oftana 4, K.Williams 3, Erram 1, Tungcab 0, Marcelo 0.

Quarters: 43-24, 73-47, 113-85, 130-117.

– 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.