DESPITE losing their first game in the PBA, Converge showed a lot of promise in the eyes of coach Jeff Cariaso.
The soft-spoken mentor credited the young FiberXers with sticking together and giving Rain or Shine a run for their money in a heartbreaker 79-77 in the Philippine Cup opener at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The league’s newest kid on the block actually appeared on the verge of recording his first-ever win in young franchise history when he led the Elasto Painters by seven with five minutes remaining.
But the Elasto Painters didn’t crack under the pressure and rallied to open the door to the thrilling finish, which veteran Beau Belga provided by nailing a three-point drop to give his team the lead, 78-77 with 14 seconds to go. .
“I think the team is one. I think they all support each other and that’s what you need, especially when you’re a young team,” Cariaso said.