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Converge FiberXers. –PBA IMAGES

Winning is a habit, and Converge coach Jeffrey Cariaso wants to instill this on his players even if it seems that they have a truly tough task ahead.

“Our next couple of games are heavy, but I’ve learned—as a player and a coach—that you have to be able to notch some wins, back-to-back if possible, to have a chance in this league,” Cariaso said after his FiberXers broke away in the fourth quarter to subdue Terrafirma, 97-84, and snap a two-game PBA Philippine Cup slide at Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday.

They will now be looking to post the first winning streak in franchise history by trying to slay a giant come the weekend.

“We were focused on today, and we did our job today,” Cariaso added as he and his charges brace for a real acid test—and also see if they acquired the habit—on Sunday when they clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer at Ynares Center in Antipolo.

Barangay Ginebra held NLEX to a miserable 12 points in the fourth quarter to carve out an 83-75 victory in the nightcap.

It was the third win in four games for the Gin Kings, who bounced mightily back from an 89-84 defeat at the hands of Magnolia also last Sunday.

The Road Warriors slumped to a 2-2 record after firing blanks during the most critical time.

“Can we learn and improve on it? Yes, and we’re going to,” Cariaso said. “We’re just gonna prepare as hard as we can for San Miguel in our next game.”

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The win upped Converge’s record to 2-3, still way off the pace being set by the 3-0 Beermen, but it is one which Cariaso embraced so much since it came even with top gun Jeron Teng out with a bruised hip and enforcer Kevin Racal also injured.

Mike DiGregorio and Maverick Ahanmisi scored in double figures in the final frame to key the breakaway and doom the Dyip, who also played without two key cogs, to a fourth straight loss.

“We wanted to come in with the understanding that they are a lot better than their record. Terrafirma is a tough team. They have a couple of injuries, but we know how good they can be, even with the guys that are just remaining,” Cariaso went on.

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DiGregogrio topscored with 19 points while Ahanmisi chipped in 17 to go with eight assists and eight rebounds to fill the void left by Teng and Racal, who sat it out with a sprained ankle and is due to return against San Miguel.

The young turks also came through with Dave Murrell chipping in 15 points and Justin Arana accounting for 10 points and 12 rebounds. Taylor Browne had 10 points.

Terrafirma, which didn’t have Isaac Go and Ed Daquioag, was led by the 18 points of Joseph Gabayni, who also had seven rebounds. Four others wound up in twin digits for the Dyip, as Terrafirma coach Johnedel Cardel had to expand his rotation due to its own manpower crisis.

“Whenever I insert my bench players, my second and third stringers, we could not maintain [our play],” said Cardel.

Teng is listed to be out for at least a couple of weeks, and this could hurt Cariaso and the goal he has set for his team, especially with a clash against Barangay Ginebra slated the Friday after the match with San Miguel.

“We want to be consistent,” he said.

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It’s almost 30 years since a Blues team came back to win a State of Origin series after losing the opener in Sydney, but two stars of that memorable NSW team of 1994 have laid down a blueprint for Brad Fittler’s men to follow.

Brilliant fullback Tim Brasher and giant back-rower Paul Sironen admitted things looked bleak for the Blues when Mark Coyne scored the famous last-minute try to win the Queenslanders an epic Game One that series.

“I know how this team feels – because it’s the same way we felt back in ’94,” Sironen, now a member of the Blues’ management team, told Wide World of Sports from Perth.

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“When you have game one at home you just have to win it – and we blew it.

“We didn’t play as well as we could have and we didn’t execute the way we trained and we knew we were really going to be up against it for the rest of the series.

“But what we did was turn that to our advantage by using that frustration, disappointment and anger at ourselves to spur us on.

“We levelled the series in Melbourne and it then all came down to the decider in Brisbane.”

Brasher has vivid memories of the lead-up to the all-important third match at Lang Park.

“Everyone was telling us about Lang Park being the cauldron and how we would cop it up there and I must admit I wasn’t all that confident in the week leading up to the game,” Brasher said.

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“But then on game night, as our team bus went down Caxton Street and they came out of the pub and shook the bus and threw bottles at us, I think that actually did us a favour.

“It galvanised us, gave us a siege mentality and we were determined to go all the way.”

The Blues won the decider 27-12, with a young Brad Fittler playing in the centres.

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Magnolia’s Jio Jalalon (second from right) splits the Phoenix defense to finish in double figures. —PBA IMAGES

Magnolia did the math and figured a few people short did not exactly mean a disadvantage in manpower.

“Coach told us that there are only five of us on the floor at a time, so it doesn’t matter if we’re missing some of our key players,” said veteran playmaker Mark Barroca, who keyed a 95-77 rout of Phoenix on Friday in the PBA Philippine Cup at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“As long as the five on the floor is solid, we’ll be fine,” added Barroca, who finished with 21 points, five rebounds and six assists to help the Hotshots fill the void left by Paul Lee and Calvin Abueva.

Magnolia also drew double-digit outings from Aris Dionisio, Jio Jalalon, Jackson Corpuz and Ian Sangalang to bury the Fuel Masters in holes as deep as 27 points on the way to rising to 3-3 (win-loss).

And that was exactly what the doctor ordered, according to Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.

“We talked about it before the game—that we’re now in the middle of the tournament,” he said. “It’s time to level up our game, level up our execution, our being smart. That’s why we had a good start.”

Magnolia—finalist of last year’s all-Filipino conference—came out the gates hard, using an 11-0 run to open the contest and take the wind out of Phoenix’s sails early despite the absence of its key starters. Lee was out of the game due to a back problem while Abueva was serving his one-game suspension for his behavior in a victory over Barangay Ginebra last week.

Also out for the Hotshots was backup guard Jerrick Ahanmisi.

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“Hopefully, before the elimination round ends, we are able to be complete. That’s only going to improve our run,” said Victolero.

Javee Mocon led Phoenix with 19 points while Sean Manganti added 11 as the Fuel Masters dropped to 2-3.

Later in the night, Barangay Ginebra got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Christian Standhardinger to stop San Miguel Beer, 75-72.

The Gin Kings hiked their record to 4-1 while dealing the Beermen their first loss in four games this conference.


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