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Converge, NLEX try to extend streak

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CONVERGE shoots for a 5-0 start against TNT Tropang Giga on Wednesday in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The FiberXers go for an unprecedented unbeaten start against the Tropang Giga at 3 p.m. p.m.

NLEX, on the other hand, will determine if Wayne Selden Jr. is a worthy replacement for certified National Basketball Association veteran Jonathon Simmons when the Road Warriors square off with the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Gin Kings at 3 p.m.

The FiberXers are 4-0 won-lost in a tie with the San Miguel Beermen. Against TNT, Jeron Teng said they’re ready for their opponents whose import Jalen Hudson could erupt anytime when needed.

“It’s a good match up and we’re up to the challenge,” said Teng, who averages 14.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in four games in the conference. “We cannot put our guards down against TNT though. We just have to play consistent basketball.”

Jamaal Franklin tallied 25 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a 112-98 win over Rain or Shine last Thursday and Teng said he expects their import to play the same way.

“We really have a good import and we’re hoping he brings us to the playoffs,” Teng said.

TNT head coach Jojo Lastimosa said they have done their homework and is hoping to improve on their 3-1 record.

“They [Converge] execute down the stretch and they’re very aggressive,” Lastimosa said. “They were very smart around the ball.”

Hudson is averaging 27.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists in four games for the Tropang Giga.

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