Converge snaps out of skid, trips NLEX
Converge kept its playoff hopes alive on Thursday night, taking down NLEX, 112-108, in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Quezon City.
The FiberXers used a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter and take control of the contest, helping the club arrest a two-game slide and stay in the hunt for a spot in the quarterfinals.
“Just being able to bounce back from two tough losses is really hard. You have to come in with your perspective on point,” said Jeff Cariaso, whose charges improved to 3-5.
“Guys came out focused and I want to attribute that to the focus and the energy they brought to practice this week. It really carries over and it showed tonight, so I’m glad that we were able—at least with this test—to pass tonight,” he added.
Dave Murrell finished with 21 points, Tyrus Hill added 18 and Justin Arana chipped in 11 to send NLEX stumbling to a 4-4 card.
“The way we look at it, this is the last stretch of the eliminations and at this point, regardless of our record, we still control our own destiny,” said Cariaso.