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PBA: Maverick Ahanmisi, Converge hope to sustain strong start


Converge guard Maverick Ahanmisi fights for the rebound in opposition to two NorthPort gamers. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Maverick Ahanmisi turned in an all-around efficiency to assist Converge to a rousing Governors’ Cup-opening blowout of NorthPort on Sunday night time.

The artful guard completed with 29 factors, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds to assist the FiberXers to a 122-92 drubbing of the undermanned Batang Pier.

However with a botched Commissioner’s Cup marketing campaign nonetheless recent in his thoughts, Ahanmisi, a one-time PBA champion at Rain or Shine, as an alternative centered on what his membership ought to do so as to sustain a strong start on this season-ending convention.

“We had an excellent [campaign] final convention, so we’d like to construct on that,” he mentioned. “Like what coach mentioned, we simply want to comply with his methods and the system that we now have.”

“We’ve got plenty of good items. We’re nonetheless a brand new crew, however I feel if we play exhausting our chemistry will present,” he added.

Converge compiled eight wins in opposition to simply 4 losses within the Commissioner’s Cup to tab the No. 4 seed. However that additionally put the membership on a collision course with the mighty San Miguel Beer which blanked the FiberXers in a best-of-three quarterfinal.

This primary sport certain could also be a small pattern measurement for Converge. However the manufacturing from the remainder of the crew ought to actually assist in the membership’s trigger.

Jeron Teng had 16 factors and 9 rebounds, Abu Tratter chipped in 13 and 6, whereas David Murell and Taylor Brown each tallied twin-digit scores.

New man Jerrick Balanza, as soon as an Aldin Ayo enforcer at Letran, pumped in 13 extra versus his previous crew, whereas Kiwi import Ethan Rustbach had 17 that went with 9 boards.

Converge ended up accounting for 16 triples and 27 assists after bucking a shaky start—which in accordance to Ayo a validation that the FiberXers are heading in the right direction.

“We began gradual as a result of there have been some gamers who had been in search of their factors. However I feel they’re simply excited since that is our first sport,” he mentioned. “After that, everyone was executing. And we had been organising gamers to their strengths.”

“They’re acquainted with our system already,” Ayo mentioned of his wards. “However I advised them that the preparations alone gained’t be sufficient.”

“I’m all the time desirous about our deficiencies. However so long as we soak up the whole lot we hope to do, (we’ll be effective),” he added.

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