Miller stars as FiberXers slip past Beermen
Quincy Miller came up big for Converge as the FiberXers survived a spirited fightback from San Miguel and eventually brought down the defending champions, 106-102, Friday night in the elimination round of the PBA Season 47 Commissioner’s Cup at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.
The 29-year old Miller, who was drafted 38th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, came one rejection shy of a triple double by scoring 24 points, hauling down 16 boards and blocking 9 shots to go with 3 assists and 3 steals in 45 minutes of action to lead the Dennis Uy-owned franchise to their 3rd win in 6 starts.
The Beermen, meanwhile, fell down to 11th place in the team standings with their 3rd loss against a single victory.
“We still have lots of problems in terms of consistency. It will take some time. Hopefully. We’re fortunate we won today, but there are still lots that have to be worked on,” said Converge head coach Aldin Ayo during the post-game presser.
“Well, it doesn’t stop, really. I mean, I always tell the team that we have to continue building and growing. We’re a young team,” he added.
Aljun Melecio finished with 18 points and a game-high 7 assists while Jeron Teng, Mike DiGregorio and Jerrick Ahanmisi chipped in 13, 12 and 10 markers, respectively.
CJ Perez paced the Beermen with 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting while Mo Tautuaa added 23. New import Devon Scott debuted with a double-double of 16 points and 15 boards to go with 6 assists and 2 blocks in 42 minutes of play.
San Miguel will have one-day break and plunge back into action against Frankie Lim and the NLEX Road Warriors on Sunday, October 23, 4:30pm at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Converge 106 – Miller 24, Melecio 18, Teng 13, DiGregorio 12, Ahanmisi 10, Bulanadi 8, Ilagan 8, Arana 7, Tratter 3, Stockton 3, Hill 0.
San Miguel 102 – Perez 29, Tautua 23, Scott 16, Lassiter 7, Enciso 6, Herndon 6, Manuel 6, Brondial 3, Ross 0.
Quarterscores: 33-24, 59-48, 86-79, 106-102
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