The second-seeded Converge FiberXers are aiming for an 8th straight win in the 2022 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
PBA Sunday Games (November 20, 2022)
Venue: Smart Araneta Coliseum
First Game: NorthPort Batang Pier versus Converge FiberXers (4:30 PM)
Second Game: TNT Tropang Giga versus Barangay Ginebra (6:45 PM)
Converge Continues Race to the top
|NorthPort Batang Pier||Converge FiberXers|
|Offensive Rating||100.6 (10th)||111.7 (2nd)|
|Defensive Rating||103.9 (7th)||105.1 (8th)|
|Pace||76.0 (11th)||81.3 (2nd)|
|Standing||5-5 (T-5th)||8-2 (T-2nd)|
Previous Games: NorthPort won against Terrafirma Dyip, 91-85; Converge won against Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 102-101
Converge has already booked a ticket to the playoffs but they’re still fighting for the top spot in the standings, so look for them to get all-in against NorthPort. The FiberXers are also gunning for their 8th straight win, but it won’t come easy against a Batang Pier squad that has won their last two games. NorthPort’s defense is recently seeing signs of life, holding their opponents to an average of 85 points in the last three games. Granted that these were against unimpressive offensive teams (Rain or Shine, NLEX, Terrafirma), the NorthPort defense has an uphill challenge against Converge’s elite offense.
Ginebra keeps getting better
|TNT Tropang Giga||Barangay Ginebra|
|Offensive Rating||109.0 (3rd)||107.8 (4th)|
|Defensive Rating||103.1 (5th)||102.5 (4th)|
|Pace||80.3 (3rd)||75.7 (12th)|
|Standing||4-5 (T-7th)||6-2 (4th)|
Previous Games: TNT lost to Meralco Bolts, 97-91; Ginebra won against Blackwater Bossing, 98-84
After a shaky start to the conference, Ginebra has made its way back to elite status. They are one of the few teams ranked among the Top 5 in both offensive and defensive rating, and it seems that the Gin Kings are just getting started. Their new recruits are gaining traction; Jamie Malonzo is consistently turning in impactful performances and Jeremiah Gray is coming off a conference-high 15-point outing.
In this upcoming matchup against TNT, Ginebra will have to put their best foot forward on defense. Despite a disappointing 4-5 record, the Tropang Giga still has the third-best offensive rating in the league, and they just got their lead shot-maker, Mikey Williams, back. Also, look for TNT to get RR Pogoy more involved in the offense, as he only shot seven attempts and finished with four points in their last game.