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    Converge extends win run to six after cooling down Phoenix in shootout

    Nov 9, 2022
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    PHOTO: jerome ascano

    QUINCY Miller unloaded 46 points as Converge stretched its winning streak to six games, defeating Phoenix Super LPG, 132-127, in a high-scoring 2022-23 PBA Commissioner’s Cup match at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    Miller gave his team a big lift in a game that saw both squads shoot the lights out, with the FiberXers ending up scoring the most points in a match in franchise history, eclipsing the previous high of 130 when it won over TNT.

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    Converge moved up to solo second in the team standings with a 7-2 win-loss record after halting Phoenix's own win streak at 5, dropping the Fuel Masters to 5-4.

    Jeron Teng also made key baskets to finish with 25 points, while RK Ilagan had a career-high 22 markers in a veritable shootout that saw a slew of season and team records being rewritten.

    Converge coach Aldin Ayo said it was a hard-earned win as Phoenix went toe-to-toe with them until the final moments when the FiberXers came up with the crucial shots.

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      “High-scoring because lots of possessions because of the pace. Maiintindihan naman ‘yun. Ang daming transition threes,” said Ayo. "In terms of our defense, short time to prepare, tinamaan kami sa mga schemes nila especially yung mga flare.

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      "Ganda ng mga plays ni [Phoenix] coach Topex [Robinson]. Nalalagay sa mga tamang puwesto ‘yung mga tao and they know how to exploit it."

      Miller also grabbed 18 rebounds as he shot 8-of-13 from threes on his way to his a conference high for the FiberXers.

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      Teng and Miller combined in a 10-0 run for a 127-116 lead after Phoenix pulled to within three.

      Kaleb Wesson had 25 points and 21 rebounds as Phoenix had seven players in double figures including Javee Mocon, Sean Anthony, and Encho Serrano, who each had 17.

      The scores:

      Converge 132 – Miller 46, Teng 25, Ilagan 22, Ahanmisi 13, Melecio 9, Stockton 6, Arana 6, Murrell 5, Tratter 0, Bulanadi 0, Ambohot 0.

      Phoenix Super LPG 127 – Wesson 25, Mocon 17, Anthony 17, Serrano 17, Perkins 14, Jazul 12, Tio 12, Manganti 4, Garcia 3, Pascual 2, Camacho 2, Robles 2,Rios 0.

      Quarters: 36-36; 73-74; 107-102; 132-127.

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