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Bay Area averts late Converge danger to go 4-0

Hayden Blankley gets the two-handed dunk to go in. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

PALAYAN--Bay Area escaped a furious solid endgame from Converge to walk away with a 106-100 win in their PBA Commissioner's Cup meeting on Friday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The Dragons, despite taking the wire-to-wire win, nearly lost a 22-point lead as the FiberXers came alive in the fourth quarter only to fall short.

Just when things looked to be favoring Bay Area after taking a 97-83 lead with 8:20 remaining, Converge responded with a 17-7 run to cut the lead down to four, 104-100, with 1:29 to go.

The FiberXers fizzled from there, and Myles Powell made two free throws in the end for the final tally.

Before taking a backseat, Powell still put up one more explosive outing for the now 4-0 Bay Area squad, leading the team with 33 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block.

Andrew Nicholson will take over the designated import spot for the next four games beginning on Sunday night against Ginebra at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig.

Glen Yang added 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and three steals.

Quincy Miller fired 38 points with 14 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, and one steal to lead Converge, which dropped to 1-2.

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