Justin Arana made the starting basket as Converge came from a 17-point hole to frustrate Rain or Shine, 102-101, and extend his winning streak to seven in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday Nov 13.
Arana scored on a short stab on an inbound play with 15 seconds left to push the FiberXers ahead and cap the huge fourth quarter storm that saw his team explode for 33 points while limiting the Elasto Painters to just 17 .
This completed the return of Converge who have now earned a share of second place in the standings with the Bay Area Dragons with identical 8-2 records.
Arana dropped six of his 16 points in the final frame, including the big hit in the streak as Jeron Teng and RK Ilagan combined for 14 of the team’s fourth-quarter results to finish with 20 and 16 points, respectively. .
Quincy Miller wasn’t as productive as last game when he scored 46 points, finishing with 19 points on top of 20 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.
The FiberXers trailed for most of the match as the Elasto Painters gave them a dose of their own medicine with entrenched transition attacks on the young legs of Gian Mamuyac, Anton Asistio and Andrei Caracut.
Rain or Shine even delivered a solid finishing kick to end the third frame with a comfortable 89-64 advantage. Back-to-back hits from Rey Nambatac and Beau Belga created the biggest lead at 17, 88-7, before the FiberXers responded with an 11-3 push to bring the deficit back to single digits.
Converge, refusing to go down, unleashed a revealing 18-5 run to steal the game in the end, wasting a huge rebound from Ryan Pearson who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds while Mamuyac added 24.
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