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Converge edges Phoenix for 6th straight win

Quincy Miller erupted for 46 points to lead the FiberXers to their sixth straight win. Dennis Acosta
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—Converge prevailed over Phoenix in the battle between the hottest teams right now in the PBA Commissioner's Cup with a 132-127 win on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

The FiberXers escaped after the Fuel Masters failed to complete a comeback from a late 10-point deficit.

Converge thought it already finished the job after opening a 131-121 lead with 2:15 left, but Phoenix forced three turnovers and converted them into clutch layups to cut the lead down to four with 52 seconds left.

The Fuel Masters forced another turnover on the FiberXers afterward, but Encho Serrano missed a crucial three-pointer, a sign that the former had already lost steam.

Alec Stockton converted a split from the free throw line in the next play, which eventually iced the game for Converge.

Quincy Miller made 46 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks, and two steals for the FiberXers, who extended their winning streak to six and moved up to 7-2.

Jeron Teng added 25 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while RK Ilagan put up a career-high 22 points off the bench with two rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

They are now in a virtual tie with the Magnolia Hotshots at the top of the standings, although the latter has two matches at hand including a game postponed due to Typhoon Paeng which has been moved to Dec. 2 against the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.

Kaleb Wesson put up 25 points, 21 rebounds, seven assists, four steals, and one block to lead the Fuel Masters, who saw their own five-game streak snapped and fell to 5-4.

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