The Rundown From PBA Sunday: Converge Punches Playoff Ticket in Dramatic Fashion

A dramatic comeback victory extends Converge’s winning streak and gets them onboard the playoff train.

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Converge Extends Win Streak to Seven Games

It seems that there isn’t an obstacle that Aldin Ayo and the Converge FiberXers can’t overcome. Facing a 17-point deficit at one point, the FiberXers still managed to hack out a thrilling 102-101 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Jeron Teng topscored for Converge with his 20 markers, while import Quincy Miller produced another all-around outing of 19 points, 20 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 2 blocks.

But it was Justin Arana who stole the show late, as he stepped up to the plate off the bench and hit the game-winning bucket. It highlighted yet another impressive victory for the FiberXers, who are now on a seven-game winning streak.

Ryan Pearson and Gian Mamuyac combined for 49 points, but Rain or Shine’s fourth-quarter collapse led to their sixth loss in 10 games.

Bay Area Cruise Past NLEX

The Bay Area Dragons made light work of their opponents, as they cruised past the NLEX Road Warriors, 118-98. Coming off a 50-point performance in the last timeout, Myles Powell produced 36 points and added eight rebounds and six assists to his tally.

Powell and the Dragons had a five-point lead after the opening period, then followed it up with a stronger showing in the second quarter. They outscored the Road Warriors, 38-24, creating a 19-point advantage by halftime.

Six NLEX players scored in double digits, with import Earl Clark leading the pack with his 17 markers. NLEX has now lost four straight, dropping them to the 11th spot in the standings.

By the Numbers

  • 54

    Converge pounced on Rain or Shine's lack of inside defense, dropping 54 points inside the paint. With their three-point shots not falling (only 31% 3PT), it was a good thing that the FiberXers found success with their inside attacks.

  • 45.2%

    It hasn't been an easy week for Rain or Shine, but Anton Asistio's individua play has been a bright spot. He has averaged 16.0 points in the last three games, while shooting 45.2% of his 31 attempts from beyond the arc.

  • 15%

    NLEX just can't make their three-point shots against Bay Area. Their starters combined for a horrid 1-of-14 shooting from deep, and the team shot an overall 15% clip from three.

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