MANILA, Philippines—Though not as flashy as other imports in the PBA Governors Cup, Ethan Russ Beach is just the type of import Converge needs, according to coach Alden Ayo.
FiberXers steamroll North Port Batang Pier, 122-92. Despite just 17 points and nine rebounds in Russ Beach on Sunday.
Rusbatch, however, did more to help Converge claim such a convincing win.
“He really suits us because we need that kind of import, the kind that complements our local players,” Ayo said in Filipino about Rusbatch at the PhilSports Arena.
“We don’t want an import who scores 50 or 60 in a game because that would make us too predictable. We want the ball to roll,” he added.
Converge guard Maverick Ahanmesi, who led the team with 29 points and six rebounds and nine assists, also praised the Kiwi forward, a former national team player.
“He’s a good stretch four. We’re a run-and-gun team, we like to shoot a lot of threes so he helps space the floor. I want him to seal and space the floor to attack the basket. Credit for helping,” Ahnami said.
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