MANILA, Philippines – Has it come? The time to leave has come. In their final match of the PBA On Tour, which is sponsored by Bingo Plus and presented by Arena Plus, Converge and NorthPort are squabbling for a spot in the top half of the standings.
At 7:30 p.m., the Batang Pier and the FiberXers engage in combat. In the one-round-robin set of exhibition games before the 48th PBA season, on Friday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig, the teams contested a 6-5 final score.
The Barangay Ginebra Kings and the NLEX Road Warriors, who are both 5 to 5, are tied for fifth place with the teams led by coaches Aldin Ayo and Boni Tan going into their final game.
The Tour’s last game, which takes place Sunday at the Ynares Arena, features The Kings and the Road Warriors, who are both vying for a spot in the Top 6.
Converge’s initial attempt at a winning margin in the last seconds was thwarted by NLEX (104 to 112) while NorthPort (112 to 118) was stymied by Rain or Shine.
One of them achieves the target of completing with a mark above.500 on Friday, while the other falls short of it.
And it’s predicted that there will be a tough battle for that goal, which might raise morale and create positive energy for the start of the actual season.
Magnolia (11 to 0), Rain or Shine (8 to 2), Blackwater (6 to 4), and Meralco (6 to 4) all have positions in the Top 6 locked up. San Miguel Beer (3 to 8) is in the bottom four, followed by TNT Tropang Giga (1 to 10) and Terrafirma (4 to 7).
The FiberXers’ crushing defeat of the Gin Kings was accompanied by a 123-95 win, leaving spectators in wonder at their incredible shooting skills. Justin Arana, Adrian Wong, Jeron Teng, and Mike Nieto formed a potent force that couldn’t be defeated.
A remarkable display of all-around skills by Justin Arana, resulting in 30 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists., exceeding his own limits. The combined precision shooting of Wong, Teng, and Nieto neutralized the Gin Kings’ defense with their disciplined offensive play.
The FiberXers’ powerful shooting display helped them secure a crushing 104-90 win over the Fuel Masters. The team’s three-point shooting success was markedly greater than the Kings’, as they outscored them by a wide 18 to 6 margin. This is expected, with a team composition including excellent 3 point shooters. Keep in mind, FiberXers has Adrian Wong on the roster.
The FiberXers hope to reach a 6-5 record by continuing their exceptional shooting display and carrying their winning fortunes into future contests. Their shooting prowess will assume greater importance as the competition advances. More can be expected from this ace team, from beyond the 3. Nonetheless, we can all be sure that this perimeter artillery barrage is only one of the many tricks up their strategic sleeve.