MANILA, Philippines – The Converge FiberXers return to action in the PBA on Tour on Wednesday with an eye on a follow-up match against the TNT Tropang Giga at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig following their heart-stopping victory under substitute coach Franco Atienza.
Aldin Ayo, the head coach of the FiberXers, will be back in the coaching booth after missing the team’s previous game due to personal obligations. It’s still unclear whether Ayo will resume his coaching duties or delegate control to interim coach Franco Atienza so that he can lead the squad to consecutive victories.
Atienza, a member of the Alaska Milk team, took full advantage of his chance to captain the FiberXers in their previous matchup with the San Miguel Beermen. He oversaw the team’s amazing comeback, which resulted in an exciting 113-111 overtime triumph. Despite the victory, Atienza soon changed the focus to Ayo and the players, admitting that they had faithfully followed Ayo’s instructions during all of their training.
At 7:30 p.m., when the FiberXers take on TNT, Atienza will face Jojo Lastimosa, a former Alaskan teammate, if he assumes leadership once more. The two sides will face off in an exciting clash throughout this game.
The FiberXers improved their preseason series record to 2-3 with their win over the Beermen. Arena Plus presented the event, and Bingo Plus provided assistance. On the other hand, despite boasting famous stars like Jayson Castro, Mikee Williams, Kelly Williams, RR Pogoy, and Poy Erram, TNT has had a difficult preseason, losing all three of their games.
In order to capitalise on their recent success, the FiberXers are likely to seek Glenn Khobuntin, who has been guiding TNT in the absence of certain important players. With a small roster, TNT has suffered losses to Terrafirma (88-96), Magnolia (63-96), and NorthPort (90-99).
Basketball fans will be watching the game closely to see if interim coach Atienza can extend his winning streak or if Ayo will make a triumphant comeback to lead the FiberXers to victory. A thrilling matchup between two teams looking to establish themselves in the preseason and build momentum for the following season is anticipated.