MANILA, Philippines–Maverick Ahanmisi went off within the second half to complete with a career-high 31 factors as Converge assured itself of a spot within the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals by defeating Blackwater, 98-90, on Thursday at Philsports Area in Pasig Metropolis.
Ahanmisi delivered a efficiency that proved why many thought of him as one of many greatest snubs in subsequent month’s All-Star Recreation in Passi Metropolis, Iloilo, firing 22 within the third quarter because the FiberXers took command after a decent first half.
He was really held to simply three factors within the first 24 minutes earlier than placing on a taking pictures show that noticed Ahanmisi knock down six of his seven triples in that third interval.
Converge ended the evening in solo third at 6-2, becoming a member of TNT (8-1) and San Miguel Beer (7-2) within the quarters.
“Now we have to proceed constructing our group as a result of it doesn’t actually cease,” stated FiberXers coach Aldin Ayo when knowledgeable of securing the spot within the final eight.
Import Jamaal Franklin had 19 factors, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, three steals and two blocks in one other all-around effort as he and Converge redeemed themselves after Saturday’s slender loss to NLEX.
Blackwater misplaced for the seventh straight time to fall additional within the standings at 1-8.
Troy Rosario returned to motion after being sidelined for a number of video games with an harm and completed with 20 factors for the skidding Bossing.
CONVERGE 98 — Ahanmisi 31, Franklin 19, Teng 17, Stockton 10, Tratter 8, Arana 6, Ebona 3, Balanza 2, Racal 2, Murrell 0.
BLACKWATER 90 — Rosario 20, Glover 19, Ilagan 12, Amer 8, Banal 7, Hill 6, Torralba 6, Ular 4, McCarthy 3, Casio 3, Taha 2, DiGregorio 0, Suerte 0.
Quarters: 21-14, 43-38, 78-66, 98-90.
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