Even without June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter, the San Miguel Beermen still managed to turn back China’s Shenzhen Aviators, 90-76, in the 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion in Macau on Tuesday.
New import Dez Wells dazzled in his Beermen debut scoring 29 big points, to go along withs seven rebounds, four assists, and five steals, while locals Terrence Romeo and Chris Ross added 17 and 11, respectively.
Wells led SMB’s early attack and displayed his smooth perimeter stroke early in the game. The G-League veteran outscored the entire Chinese team in the first quarter, 13-11 and gave SMB a 10 point lead after one.
The Beermen doubled that margin after a breakaway lay-up from Ross at the 7:44 mark of the second. But the Aviators’ own shifty guard Pierre Jackson took over and kept the game close, pacing his team with 18 points, nine boards, and three dimes.
The towering Aviators cut the deficit to just two early in the fourth period, up until the Beermen found their groove from distance at just the right time. Arwind Santos and Von Pessumal started the barrage with their own triples at the six-minute mark, while Romeo caught fire late and drained back-to-back makes to push San Miguel’s lead back to 13 with 4:21 remaining in regulation.
The Beermen will have a day to rest before plunging back to action on Thursday, September 19, versus the Ryukyu Golden Kings of Japan.
(Image from EASL)