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TNT TROPANG GIGA, CONVERGE FIBERXERS ROUT TERRAFIRMA DYIP, NLEX ROAD WARRIORS

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The TNT Tropang Giga and Converge FiberXers hacked out similar rousing wins against their respective rivals in the resumption of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo Saturday, November 5.

Tropang Giga returned to the win column after rolling past Terrafirma Dyip, 121-90, behind the heroics of import Cameron Oliver who stole the limelight by drilling in 26 points and 15 rebounds.

TNT Tropang Giga moving forward

Thus TNT improved to a 4-4 win-loss card, a few days before head coach Chot Reyes and some of his players leave for Gilas Pilipinas’ two back-to-back away games in the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup 2023 Asian Qualifiers.

The American import Cam Oliver said, “Coach Chot let me play my game. I wouldn’t say it’s really a show. It’s just how I play, you know, to make a shot, make sure I attack the rim a lot, make sure I’m an inside-out player instead of going outside in and be dominant where I’m really dominant at.”

Jayjay Alejandro added 17 markers while Calvin Oftana and Poy Erram chipped in 15 and 14, respectively, to bounce back from the two-game skid. Erram and Jayson Castro combined for 37 points in the third quarter as the Tropang Giga broke the game wide open, spoiling Terrrafirma’s hopes of redemption.

Castro finished with 11 points.

Coach Chot Reyes said, “Just to be able to control the things within our control. Number one thing is our effort, how hard we come into ball games, how hard we play making the extra effort.”

He also said that there were things they could not really control and they can’t worry about such things, instead, they focused on things they could control.

TNT’s win served as a fitting send-off to Reyes, Erram, and Rr Pogoy who are joining the Gilas Pilipinas pool.

FiberXers win over NLEX

Meanwhile, Converge FiberXers grabbed their fifth straight win by routing the NLEX Road Warriors, 108-84.

Playing without their import Quincy Miller in the final half due to a second-quarter ejection, Aljun Melecio led the FiberXers locals in stepping up the game to secure their win and the second spot of the team standings with a 6-2, win-loss record.

Melecio, acquired from Phoenix, scored new career-high 23 points, firing 29 in the second half where the FiberXers went all-Filipino.

Miller led the charge for Converge, which earlier pulled off a 26-point advantage before he was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty with one infraction barely 1:18 left in the second quarter for landing a spot foul on Brandon Ganuelas Rosser. This came on the heels of a technical foul earlier.

Converge coach Aldin Ayo said, “I just told the players to rely on our system with our main man (Miller) out. I told them to keep on executing and make sure we stay consistent on defense.” And his crew did not disappoint him.

The FiberXers were ahead by 20 points at the end of the third.

Melecio’s booming triples and clutch baskets held the Road Warriors at bay, 99-78, despite the latter’s efforts to cut the FiberXers’ lead in half. He scored 14 in the final canto.

He said, “Mas loose lang ako this game because I know kahit magkamali ako , may tiwala sila coach sa akin. Malaking factor iyon (I’m just looser this game because I know even if I make a mistake, the coach and the rest still have confidence in me. That’s a big factor.”

Player box score

Miller had 15 and grabbed nine boards in his 18-minute stint as Jeron Teng (15) and Justin Arana (12) also contributed to the win.

NLEX import Earl Clark ended with 15 while Brandon Ganuelas Rosser canned 24 markers, his personal best.

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