Converge FiberXers leaned on the hot hands of Fil-Am guard Maverick Ahanmisi to beat the Terrafirma Dyip, 97-84, in the 2022 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena, Wednesday, July 22, 2022.
Ahanmisi ignited the blazing finish of the FiberXers draining four treys in the fourth period including a dagger three-pointer with 2:24 to go which pushed his team to an 86-81 lead as Converge finished the game pulling away.
“Mav’s a vet. So, he’s one of the guys that we are relying on heavily to carry us. So, with our young core, we want him to step up in all aspects, not just on the court,” said Converge Head Coach Jeff Cariaso of the seven-year veteran.
Ahanmisi finished with 17 points on five three-pointers to go with eight rebounds and eight assists.
Converge guard Mike DiGregorio scored a team-high 18 points. David Murrell finished with a career-high 15 points to grab Player of the Game honors. Justin Arana added 10 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Browne chipped in 10 points.
Converge star forward Jeron Teng, who was resting a bruised hip, sat out the game. The team hardly missed his services with Ahanmisi, Murrell and DiGregorio stepping up.
The FiberXers thus bounced back from back-to-back losses to MVP teams TNT Tropang Giga and Meralco Bolts to improve to 2 wins and 3 losses. Terrafirma skidded to its fourth straight loss.
Converge FiberXers 97 – Mike DiGregorio 19, Maverick Ahanmisi 17, David Murrell 15, Taylor Browne 10, Justin Arana 10, Tyrus Hill 8, Jeo Ambohot 8, Ben Adamos 4, RK Ilagan 3, Allyn Bulanadi 1, Kurt Stockton 0, Mike Tolomia 0, Kurt Lojera 0.
Terrafirma Dyip 84 – Joseph Gabayni 18, Aldrech Ramos 15, Juami Tiongson 13, Eric Camson 13, Joshua Munzon 10, Christian Balagasay 6, JP Calvo 4, Allen Mina 3, Javier Gomez De Liano 2, Philip Cahilig 0, Bon Bon Batiller 0.
Quarter Scores: 17-21; 43-42; 63-62; 97-84.