MANILA, Philippines—Import Jamaal Franklin’s triple-double anchored unbeaten Converge to a 112-98 win over struggling Rain or Shine within the PBA Governors’ Cup on Thursday at Philsports Area in Pasig Metropolis.
Franklin had 25 factors, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in an all-around efficiency because the FiberXers climbed again to the solo lead within the season-ending convention with a fourth victory in a row.
“It’s his sport,” coach Aldin Ayo mentioned of the Converge reinforcement. “He’s an entire participant. He can shoot, he can orchestrate the offense, he’s very unselfish and he loves the crash the boards if wanted.”
Rookie middle Justine Arana scored 21 factors whereas 4 others, together with Jeron Teng and Abu Tratter, scored in double figures for the FiberXers in irritating the Elasto Painters.
Rain or Shine slipped to 0-3 in a contest that noticed coach Yeng Guiao getting tossed for 2 technical fouls.
Guiao was despatched off late within the third quarter after utilizing profane language at referee Mau Orioste.
It was the primary ejection for the fiery mentor since he got here again to the Rain or Shine camp on this season’s Commissioner’s Cup.
Michael Qualls’ 34 factors couldn’t elevate the Elasto Painters out of their early distress regardless of rallying late within the second to path 52-48 on the half.
CONVERGE 112 — Franklin 25, Arana 21, Teng 17, Balanza 12, Tratter 11, Stockton 10, Ahanmisi 7, Murrell 5, Tolomia 2, Racal 2, Guinto 0, Ambohot 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 98 — Qualls 34, Nambatac 16, Mamuyac 8, Demusis 8, Santillan 7, Ponferrada 6, Torres 6, Nieto 6, Caracut 3, Asistio 2, Belga 2, Ildefonso 0, Borboran 0, Yap 0, Clarito 0.
Quarters: 29-21, 52-48, 84-69, 112-98.
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