After coasting to share of lead, Converge and NLEX face adversity
There are no official numbers for how often this happens, but so far, four teams have played a total of 13 games in the PBA Governors’ Cup—none missed.
Three of those teams are leading. And two of them will do their best to keep their record spotless on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with the NLEX facing a more difficult situation: The Road Warriors are looking for their fifth straight win. continued without a player led them to the first four games.
Augmented star Jonathon Simmons has flown to China and NLEX will be battling a Barangay Ginebra team that looks as if it’s not hungover after its recent championship celebrations.
Kevin Alas told the Inquirer: “We only have to deal with the cards that we have dealt. “I really don’t know if I can call this situation a problem. [because] Of course, we would rather deal with [playing without Simmons] with a 4-0 record than going through it with a worse record.”
In Simmons’ place will be NBA veteran Wayne Selden Jr., a PBA first-timer, who will take on the role of Kings favorite import Justin Brownlee.
“We’re looking forward to playing with him,” Alas said of Selden. “We just hope we can create a chemistry with him like we did with ‘Simms.’ That guy joined us early, which is why cohesion was never an issue.”
The reigning Kings champion, who is about to conquer the Commissioner’s title, debuted with a 116-108 win over Rain or Shine last Sunday and will be the toughest test for NLEX to date.
Convergence, which draws with NLEX and Beer San Miguel idling with four straight wins, will also face a deadly foe in their bid to take a one-step lead.
FiberXers goes up against TNT Tropang Giga, looking to take down another heavyweight after taking out Magnolia.
Aldin Ayo, who rarely shows satisfaction, insists that his team has not yet played to its full potential with the second import, the team despite having played effectively in three of the team’s matches, but it seems still trying to get a good grasp of how things go at Converge.
“We need more time to practice together. We are taking things slow with Jamaal (Franklin), he said of the American striker, who quickly replaced Kiwi ace Ethan Rusbatch. “He’s still trying his best to cope and fit into our system.”
Just as Converge did, FiberXers combined their lead against teams with a 1-13 (win-lose) combined record. That’s the worst opponent win rate among the leaders with Road Warriors taking down enemies with a total of 5-12 cards and Beermen beating teams with a total of 3-12.
And Tropang Giga will go into the match against Converge with a score of 3-1 and a roster full of players preparing for their national team and East Asia Super League open-ended call-ups in Japan. request
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