NorthPort sends Quincy Miller-less Converge crashing to bolster PBA Comm's Cup QF bid

Prince Ibeh matched a conference high in blocks as he took advantage of Quincy Miller's surprise absence. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

STA. ROSA, Laguna—NorthPort put a bitter end to the hottest streak in the PBA Commissioner's Cup after drubbing Converge, 112-97, on Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

In a game where Quincy Miller was not fielded in at all despite being in game uniform, the Batang Pier made the FiberXers miss their reliable import too much after blasting off for 36 points in the third quarter to pull away for good even as the Batang Pier led by as much as 19 in the fourth quarter.

William Navarro set new career highs with 29 points and 17 rebounds even as he came close to a triple-double with nine assists alongside one block and one steal for NorthPort, which has now won three straight games to move up to 6-5 in the standings, boosting its chances of making the knockout stages.

Robert Bolick added 26 points, six rebounds, and 10 assists, while Prince Ibeh chipped in 19 points on 7-of-8 field goals, 15 rebounds, two assists, and eight blocks, which matched a conference-high.

Aljun Melecio put up 20 points, two rebounds, eight assists, and three steals for Converge, which saw its seven-game winning streak snapped and possibly kissed its hopes of getting a once-to-win advantage in the quarterfinals goodbye after falling to 8-3.

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