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Converge 'FiberXers' vow to be PBA 'game-changers'

Olmin Leyba - Philstar.com
Converge 'FiberXers' vow to be PBA 'game-changers'
Former PBA commissioner Chito Salud (left), representing new franchise Converge, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial and Alaska governor Dicky Bachmann announce the internet provider's acquisition of Aces' league franchise.
STAR / Olmin Leyba

MANILA, Philippines – Converge team owner Dennis Anthony Uy gave the FiberXers’ squad a marching order to work to be the “best franchise” in the PBA.

“We’ll be a game-changer in the PBA with our passion and drive to give the better experience to all of our loyal PBA fans,” Uy said during Tuesday’s team launch at Edsa Shangri-La.

“This shows we’re competitive and we’ll compete to win. Palaban kami kahit sa labas ng court and just like our company mission is to give the best to Filipinos, we want to give them top-notch basketball by having the best franchise in the PBA today,” he said.

To a burst of white and purple confetti, the newest PBA ballclub presented its moniker and the core group led by coach Jeff Cariaso and players led by Jeron Teng.

They were joined on stage by Uy himself and his wife Grace, team governor Chito Salud, and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial.

Management stressed that Converge is in it to win it and, along the way, winning over fans.

“Life is always about aiming to win the hearts of Filipinos. We’re excited to commence our journey to build a track record and legacy of excellence, innovation, character, discipline, devotion, and sportsmanship worthy of the respect of PBA fans,” said Uy.

“Ang pagmamahal ng Pilipino sa basketball ay kakaiba. Sana mas lalo pang lumakas ang pagmamahal natin sa laro dahil sigurado, ibubuhos naming ang puso sa lahat ng laro.”

Cariaso and his former Alaska wards expressed excitement to get one more shot under the Converge banner.

“Just excited for the challenge, excited for this new opportunity. You saw how passionate, excited and competitive Sir Dennis and his wife are. I think they want to form a competitive team. That’s no different from how we approach things naman the last few years (with Alaska) so this new opportunity is basically the same,” Cariaso said.

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