San Miguel marches to semis after edging defending champs Ryukyu Kings

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The San Miguel Beermen topped Group B and officially advanced to the semifinals of the  East Asia Super League Terrific 12 after eliminating the Ryukyu Golden Kings, 101-92, at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion in Macau on Thursday.

Dez Wells dazzled the SMB-pro crowd with plenty of highlight-worthy jams en-route to a game-high 42 points (16-of-29 FG) and six rebounds. Terrence Romeo added 18 points on two-of-five shooting from deep, while Lester Prosper had another solid outing of 15 points and eight boards.

The reigning Terrific 12 champions actually started hot from beyond the arc and held a 12-4 lead, before the explosive duo of Wells and Romeo got it going to close the first half.

The pesky Japanese ball club still managed to keep the game close in the second half thanks to import Jeff Brooks’ 34 points and 11 boards, while speedy guard Ryuichi Kishimoto scored on a couple of drives and pitched in 12 markers.

But the Beermen blew the game wide open in the final canto, as Wells put on an acrobatic show and scored at will.

San Miguel will now face their stiffest challenge yet in the semifinals of the tournament, as they take on China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards bannered by former NBA players Lance Stephenson and Salah Mejri on Saturday.

(Image from EASL)

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