The FiberXers and the Fuel Masters go up against each other with their five-game winning streaks on the line in their 3 p.m. encounter.
The two squads have been the feel-good story of the conference with their excellent play amidst their respective circumstances in their ballclub.
Converge entered the new conference under a new head coach in Aldin Ayo, and so far, the hiring has worked wonders with the FiberXers now sharing second place with the Bay Area Dragons with 6-2 win-loss records.
Phoenix, on the other hand, has not lost since news broke out about the company’s alleged unpaid debts reaching the courts. The Fuel Masters are in fifth place with a 5-3 slate with their winning streak.
With their play as of late, the Converge-Phoenix match-up has a playoff vibe. Ayo though refused to get carried away as he still feels that the team hasn’t proved anything yet.
“Coach Topex and Coach Jamike, maganda ang tinatakbo because of them and ‘yung sistema nila. On our part, we are trying to do our best na ma-establish ‘yung ginagawa namin. I think it would be an interesting ballgame. Marami siguro maeexcite at aabangan ‘yan. At the end of the day, it all boils down to preparation and execution,” said Ayo.
“Too early to tell. Nasa elimination pa lang tayo especially kami. Five straight wins pero ‘yung nakalaban namin, hindi kumpleto. Wala si Chris Newsome, San Miguel, wala si June Mar. Hindi naman talaga ‘yun macoconsider na we won dahil nanalo kami. May kulang sa team at eliminations pa lang. Long way to go,” said Ayo.
Phoenix coach Topex Robinson shares the same thought.
“We still have a lot of work to do. It’s going to be harder next time because we are going up against Converge who is playing well. It’s an excellent opportunity for both of us, Coach Aldin also,” said Robinson.
“Sa amin, we just embrace hard. We took away easy in our vocabulary. Even if we are winning, we just keep on pushing to get better,” Robinson said.
Converge is coming off a 108-84 win over NLEX last November 5, while Phoenix defeated TNT, 121-90, on the same day to preserve their winning streaks.
In the second game, two struggling teams in NLEX and NorthPort clash at 5:45 p.m.
The Road Warriors are on a two-game losing streak, but still finds themselves in a tie with San Miguel for eighth place in the standings with a 3-4 win-loss record.
The Batang Pier aren’t far behind as they are in 10th place with a 3-5 slate and on a three-match losing skid.