The Converge FiberXers is scheduled for a head-to-head game against the Phoenix Super LPG Fuelmasters at 4:30 PM on February 25, 2023 live from the Smart Araneta Coliseum at Quezon City, Metro Manila.
The FiberXers wanted to strengthen their top-4 position which will give them good benefits when playoff time arrives while the Fuelmasters will try to protect their 8th-seeded spot and prevent getting eliminated.
The Converge FiberXers are set to face off against the Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters in an exciting game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. The FiberXers have already secured a spot in the quarterfinals but are looking to maintain their momentum and aim for a Top Four finish with a twice-to-beat advantage. Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters seek to improve their 2-5 record to qualify for the last eight.
Coach Jamike Jarin emphasized the importance of playing as a collective team, saying, “It’s always been a collective effort… kasi iyun ang culture we’re trying to develop – and ‘yung fighting heart.” He acknowledged that their team is young and may experience growing pains but is happy with their performance and is focused on giving their best in every game.
Converge coach Aldin Ayo is not complacent despite securing a playoff spot, saying, “We still have to work on our game.” He emphasized the importance of building their team and continuing to improve to stay in contention.
The game promises to be challenging for both teams, with Phoenix’s Du’vaughnn Maxwell aiming to atone for his ejection in their previous game and Javee Mocon expected to perform better than in his debut game. Coach Jarin believes that Mocon would have been a big help to their team if he had played in their previous games.
In their last game, Converge’s Maverick Ahanmisi shone with seven three-pointers and a career-high total of 31 points, leading the team to an outright PBA Governors’ Cup playoff entry with a 98-90 win against Blackwater. Coach Ayo emphasized the team’s focus on rebounding, which helped them gain a 51-40 advantage against Blackwater.
Ahanmisi, who is averaging 18.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.8 assists before the game, acknowledged his teammates’ contributions to his success, saying, “Everything just fell in, but credit to my teammates, I couldn’t get going without them.”
With both teams aiming to stay on track toward their goals, fans can expect an intense and exciting game between the Converge FiberXers and Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters.