FiberXers try to save bid with new import
MANILA, Philippines — Converge, the only winless team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, has decided it’s time to make a major step to fix the lag.
In a deep hole after repeatedly failing to get the breakthrough, the FiberXers (0-5) brought in a new import in former LA Clipper Jamil Wilson as they try to save their playoff bid over the next six games.
The 6-foot-7 Wilson, who played 15 matches with the Clippers in the 2017-18 season and averaged 7.0 points and 2.1 rebounds, took over from Tom Vodanovich, who failed to lead Converge to a W in five starts.
Vodanovich dropped 35 points, nine rebounds and three assists in what turned out to be his farewell outing, a 98-99 nail-biting loss to Phoenix, last Saturday.
Converge made the import switch even as it signed up 19th pick JL delos Santos. The rookie guard out of Jose Rizal replaced Mac Tallo in Aldin Ayo’s revamped roster.
The new additions buckle down to work right away as Converge takes on NorthPort (3-2) in the 4 p.m. opener of today’s doubleheader at the PhilSports Arena.
The 8p.m. showcase features unbeaten leader Magnolia gunning for its sixth consecutive victory versus a Blackwater side that fumbled to five straight defeats after starting its campaign triumphant.
Up to give Wilson his baptism of fire in the PBA are Australian import Venky Jois and the Batang Pier’s tough defenders.
Compared to the FiberXers, the Batang Pier have gotten more success at gaining traction in the conference, as reflected by their .600 card.