Converge showcased their firepower and superior performance as they overwhelmed Terrafirma with a commanding 119-82 victory in their PBA on Tour debut at the Ynares Sports Arena.
Led by the dynamic duo of Justin Arana and Jerrick Balanza, the FiberXers left no room for doubt about their capabilities and potential this preseason.
Arana and Balanza both delivered stellar double-double performances, tallying 24 points each. Arana also hauled in an impressive 12 rebounds, while Balanza showcased his shooting prowess with five three-pointers. The duo’s outstanding contributions fueled Converge’s dominant display on both courts.
Newly-acquired player Mike Nieto made an immediate impact in his Converge debut, registering 12 points and 12 rebounds, displaying his versatility and strong presence on the court. Meanwhile, Jeo Ambohot seized a rare opportunity to start and performed admirably, contributing 11 points and 11 boards to strengthen Converge’s interior game further.
Converge’s key pillars, Jeron Teng and Adrian Wong, also made significant contributions, adding 12 and 11 points, respectively. Wong, who recently joined the team from Magnolia, seamlessly adapted to his new surroundings and made an immediate impact.
The FiberXers wasted no time taking control of the game, establishing a substantial lead as early as the second quarter. Their excellent perimeter shooting, a focus of their off-season preparations, paid off as they converted multiple three-pointers to demoralize the Terrafirma defense.
Despite Terrafirma’s attempts to mount a comeback, Converge maintained its dominance throughout the game.
Terrafirma struggled to find their rhythm and faced familiar challenges in execution, poor shot selection, and a lack of rebounding presence. Despite Juami Tiongson’s 17-point performance off the bench, the Dyip could not recover after falling behind 57-40 in the second quarter, where they surrendered 35 points to Converge.
The disparity between the two teams was evident in various aspects of the game. Converge displayed their shooting prowess, hitting 43 of 94 field goal attempts, including 18 three-pointers.
In contrast, Terrafirma struggled with shooting efficiency, converting only 23 of 71 field goal attempts.
Converge also dominated the boards, outrebounding the Dyip 62-40, leading to a significant advantage in second-chance points.
Converge’s commanding lead reached its pinnacle at 116-75 in the final quarter, highlighting their dominance throughout the game.
Coach Aldin Ayo expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance, stating, “We are in the process of building. We are establishing certain things, and their response has been excellent.”
As Converge celebrated their impressive debut in the PBA on Tour, their convincing victory showed they are a force to be reckoned with. The FiberXers’ remarkable display of skill, teamwork, and determination sets a positive tone for their preseason campaign, leaving fans excited for what lies ahead.
Converge 119 – Balanza 24, Arana 24, Nieto 12, Teng 12, Wong 11, Ambohot 11, Racal 8, Ebona 7, Guinto 5, Stockton 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.