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Jamaal Franklin likes 0-turnover game vs. ROS more than triple-double

Jamaal Franklin completed Converge's first-ever triple-double without committing a single turnover. PBA Images
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASIG—Jamaal Franklin made history on Thursday night as the player from the young Converge franchise to post a triple-double.

The import put up 25 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists to lead the FiberXers to a 112-98 win against the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters at the PhilSports Arena here.

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For coach Aldin Ayo, though, Franklin was just doing his role.

"It's his game," Ayo said after the game. "He's a complete player. He can shoot and orchestrate the offense. He's very unselfish, and he loves to crash the boards also."

For Franklin, on the other hand, there was one more stat that he was more concerned about.

"I was turning the ball over a lot, and we always talk about the harsh stats that people don't have on a piece of paper. Today, my objective was not to turn the ball over," Franklin said.

Franklin was successful in his task as he took care of the ball all the time during the game and did not commit any turnovers.

The 15-assist, zero-turnover game for an import could be a PBA first as there is no recorded tally of another foreign reinforcement dishing at least 10 dimes in a single game without turning the ball over at least in recent memory.

"I'm more proud of my turnovers than my assists," Franklin quipped.

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