A big boost to San Miguel with his offensive firepower, Dez Wells showcased his defensive skills this time, allowing the Beermen to preserve their perfect run with a 90-89 nail-biter over the Magnolia Hotshots Friday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
With his team ahead by a whisker, Wells pulled a steal off Ian Sangalang underneath the Magnolia basket in the dying seconds, and San Miguel preserved the win and a clean slate in chase of a last jewel to a possible grand slam in PBA Season 44.
The Beermen improved to 4-0 while pushing the Hotshots down to 3-2.
Wells exploded for 33 points but it was his defensive gem on Sangalang that clinched their fourth win in a row in the season-ending Governors Cup.
It was a battle that boiled down to the final second where Wells tapped an offensive rebound by Sangalang – from a Mark Barroca airball — before eventually seizing possession at the buzzer.
June Mar Fajardo collected double-double numbers with 16 points and 16 rebounds but acknowledged the admirable stand put up by the Hotshots even after the ouster import Romeo Travis with 4:44 left after twisting his right ankle.
San Miguel 90 – Wells 33, Fajardo 16, Cabagnot 13, Santos 9, Ross 6, Standhardinger 5, Cabagnot 3, Pessumal 3, Lassiter 2, Rosser 0, Zamar 0.
Magnolia 89 – Travis 31, Lee 22, Sangalang 14, Dela Rosa 7, Barroca 7, Pingris 5, Melton 3, Reavis 0, Jalalon 0, Abundo 0, Herndon 0.
Quarterscores: 31-21, 48-46, 72-72, 90-89.