San Miguel emerged victorious against Converge, prevailing with a score of 105-96 in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup at the Tiaong Convention Center in Quezon.
Despite a strong fightback from the FiberXers, the Beermen managed to maintain their lead, which reached a high of 18 points, primarily due to their impressive three-point shooting.
With this win, San Miguel’s record now stands at 2-1, while Converge suffered their fourth consecutive loss in the league’s first official out-of-town match in three years.
June Mar Fajardo played a crucial role in thwarting Converge’s comeback attempt by scoring eight consecutive points after San Miguel’s lead was reduced to just one point, 85-84.
Ivan Aska scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while CJ Perez contributed 24 points for the Beermen who established a 47-29 advantage in the second quarter.
Fajardo finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks for the injury-depleted San Miguel squad missing the services of Terrence Romeo, Jeron Teng, Vic Manuel, and Kyt Jimenez.
The Beermen welcomed back Jericho Cruz, who played 20 minutes and scored 6 points, and Marcio Lassiter, who saw just two minutes of action in his return.