New recruits, role players power Converge to rout of Terrafirma in PBA On Tour

Converge FiberXers Mike Nieto. –PBA IMAGES

Converge FiberXers Mike Nieto. –PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines–Converge bought to check out its new acquisitions and position gamers with success in routing Terrafirma, 119-82, on Friday to start the PBA On Tour stint on Friday at Ynares Sports activities Enviornment in Pasig Metropolis.

Mike Nieto and Adrian Wong put up good numbers so had been Jerrick Balanza and Jeo Ambohot because the FiberXers rolled previous the Dyip behind an enormous second quarter barrage.

Nieto had 12 factors and 12 rebounds whereas Wong scored 11 on 5-of-9 capturing after the previous Ateneo standouts had been acquired from Rain or Shine and Magnolia within the offseason.

“I believe it’s straightforward for them to regulate due to their courtroom smarts, their work ethics,” mentioned Converge coach Aldin Ayo.

Balanza dropped 24 factors spiked by 5 triples whilst Ambohot put up 11 factors and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes, a major enjoying time after spending most of his rookie season on the bench in the course of the 2022-23 marketing campaign.

Heart Justine Arana, who had a strong rookie marketing campaign, had 24 factors and 12 rebounds for the FiberXers, who led by as a lot as 41.

A 35-point second quarter allowed Converge to show its debut within the two-month exhibition sequence right into a rout.

Juami Tiongson scored 17 factors in 22 minutes in a dropping effort for Terrafirma, which fielded Kevin Ferrer and Isaac Go after dealing by way of accidents final season.

Ferrer posted 12 factors and 5 rebounds whereas Go put up seven factors and 4 rebounds in his first recreation since tearing his ACL in June 2022.

The scores:

CONVERGE 119—Arana 24, Balanza 24, Nieto 12, Teng 12, Ambohot 11, Racal 8, Ebona 7, Stockton 5, Guinto 5.

TERRAFIRMA 82—Tiongson 17, Ferrer 12, Daquioag 11, Alolino 8, Go 7, Cahilig 5, Taladua 5, Alanes 5, Camson 4, Gomez de Liano 4, Calvo 2, Ramos 2, Grospe 0, Mina 0.

Quarters: 22-18, 57-40, 85-58, 119-82.

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