San Miguel staged a huge fightback in the payoff period led by import Dez Wells and eventually managed to pull off the win, 113-107, to finally put an end its losing spell against Columbian, Sunday in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Wells scattered 39 points and presided over a 24-4 run that completely turned the complexion of the game in favor of the Beermen who avoided a third straight defeat at the hands of the Dyip this season.
“Alam namin yung Columbian Dyip is really comfortable with us because this season, even though we won two championships, they are the team na hindi namin tinatalo sa eliminations,” said a relieved San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
“That’s why we were trying to get separation from them early, pero sila pa nakalayo sa amin agad,” he added.
Down 82-91 with 8:03 remaining in the final frame, the Grand Slam-chasing team unleashed an avalanche of points, with 18 coming from Wells, to establish control of the match, 106-95, with time down to under 3 minutes.
June Mar Fajardo came through with a double-double of 19 points and 13 boards while Alex Cabagnot and Terrence Romeo chipped in 15 and 12 markers, respectively.
Moala Tautuaa debuted for the Beermen with 10 points and 5 rebounds in 19 minutes of play.
Khapri Alston led the Dyip with 39 points and 25 boards while CJ Perez and Juami Tiongson added 18 points apiece.
San Miguel 113 – Wells 39, Fajardo 19, Cabagnot 15, Romeo 12, Santos 10, Tautuaa 10, Ross 5, Pessumal 3, Lassiter 0, Nabong 0.
Columbian 107 – Alston 38, Perez 18, Tiongson 18, McCarthy 17, Corpuz 12, Agovida 2, Gabayni 2, Celda 0, Cahilig 0, Calvo 0.
Quarterscores: 28-26, 51-52, 76-82, 113-107.