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McCarthy Explodes With 30 Points To Power Blackwater Past Converge, 102-97, In A Thrilling Showdown

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In a highly anticipated matchup between Blackwater and Converge,  Rashawn McCarthy stole the spotlight with a scintillating performance, leading his team to a hard-fought 102-97 victory. McCarthy’s explosive display of scoring prowess, particularly in the second half, proved to be the difference-maker for the Kings. 

The game began with both teams showcasing their determination to secure a victory. McCarthy, known for his clutch performances, wasted no time making his presence felt. He opened the scoring for Blackwater and set the tone for what would become an extraordinary night for him. As the game progressed, McCarthy’s confidence grew, and his teammates rallied around him with unwavering support.

Converge, however, refused to back down. Justine Arana, the FiberXers’ center, put on an awe-inspiring performance, pouring in a tournament-high 32 points to go along with an impressive 17 rebounds. Arana’s Herculean effort kept his team within striking distance throughout the game. Despite his valiant display, Arana’s brilliance couldn’t secure the win for Converge, as Blackwater’s collective commitment to victory ultimately prevailed.

McCarthy’s exceptional performance didn’t come as a surprise to his teammates. The 33-year-old guard, who had been averaging just 9.3 points per game, had a breakout night, dropping 30 points on Converge’s defense. McCarthy attributed his success to the team’s unwavering focus and determination to bounce back from their previous loss. His stellar shooting and relentless offensive attack proved too much for Converge to handle, particularly in the crucial fourth quarter.

Supporting McCarthy’s heroics were Baser Amer and Rey Suerte, who contributed 12 points each. The duo played a vital role down the stretch, combining for 10 points in the fourth quarter to help secure the win for Blackwater. Their timely scoring and composure under pressure demonstrated the team’s resilience and unity.

Despite the loss, Converge showed resilience in their pursuit of a comeback. Alec Stockton and Jerrick Balanza played admirably, contributing 15 and 14 points, respectively. However, their efforts fell short as Blackwater held firm, refusing to relinquish their lead. Converge’s third consecutive defeat highlights the challenges they face in adapting to a new system under coach Jeffrey Cariaso.

The victory propelled Blackwater back on track after a previous loss to Northport. With a 3-2 record in the preseason series, the Bossing showcased their poise and determination to build on their victories. McCarthy emphasized the importance of consistency and carrying the positive aspects of their game into future encounters.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Ynares Arena erupted in applause for McCarthy and Blackwater’s hard-fought triumph. McCarthy’s remarkable 30-point performance propelled his team to victory, serving as a testament to their resilience and collective will to succeed. The Blackwater faithful left the arena with a sense of excitement and optimism, eagerly awaiting the next chapter in their team’s journey.

The box scores:

BLACKWATER 102—McCarthy 30, Amer 12 Suerte 12, Sena 9, Taha 9, DiGregorio 8, Ilagan 7, Ular 6, Banal 6, Hill 3, Escoto 0, Ayonayon 0.

CONVERGE 97—Arana 32, Stockton 15, Balanza 14, Racal 9, Ambohot 8, Nieto 7, Saldivar 6, Luib 3, Ebona 3, Mendoza 0.

Quarters: 21-19, 44-47, 74-72, 102-97.

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