The other locals have been stepping up as well.
For former Converge head coach Jeffrey Cariaso, Maverick Ahanmisi is one of the major reasons the FiberXers have cruised to a 3-0 start in the PBA Governors' Cup.
Cariaso pointed out Ahanmisi's consistency on both ends of the floor when he made the latter one of his picks for the The Game’s PBA Team of the Week on Monday.
The other four in his list were Meralco bruiser Cliff Hodge, Terrafirma playmaker Juami Tiongson, Kevin Alas of NLEX, and TNT gunner Mikey Williams.
“Big part of that (3-0 start) is their best local scorer, Maverick Ahanmisi. You can’t deny the fact that he played well, he was consistent,” he said. “That consistency is the level I want him to be at almost every game.”
Cariaso was on point.
In his first three games, Ahanmisi normed 22.33 points on 55 percent shooting from the field to go with 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1 steal per game.
The cat-quick guard even posted his second career-best 29 points on top of 6 rebounds and 9 assists in a 122-92 drubbing of NorthPort in their opener.
The Jet was no longer surprised with his string of impressive performances, though.
“I have [seen this]. He's capable of it. What I love about him, and why the guys love him also is he's very unselfish. When he’s on the court he plays hard, he gives his best, and he plays both ends,” he said.
At the rate things are going, it looks like only great things await the FiberXers in the season-ending conference according to Cariaso.
“I hope he keeps it up and it’s only going to be better for Converge if he does,” he said.