SAN Miguel ended the curse that is Columbian Dyip after hacking out a 113-107 win Sunday night in the PBA Governors Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Import Dezmine Wells instigated a game-changing 24-4 run that finally turned the tide for the Beermen and avoided losing to the Dyip for a third straight time this season.
Wells had 15 of his game-high 39 points during that stretch, helping the team improve to 5-1 and remain in solo second.
"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 San Miguel coach Leo Austria.
"That's why when they came out there, wala silang takot."
Wells had 18 of his output in the final quarter as he helped the Beermen overcame an 82-91 deficit with 8:03 to go.
But it was a triple by Arwind Santos inside the final five minutes that gave San Miguel the lead for good, 97-95.
The contest marked the first official game of big man Moala Tautuaa for the Beermen following the stunning trade with NorthPort involving Christian Standhardinger.
The 30-year-old Fil-Tongan suited up for 19 minutes and scored all of his 10 points in the opening quarter, He also added five rebounds and shot 4-of-6 from the floor.
The Dyip tumbled to their second straight loss for a 3-4 record despite enjoying as much as a 70-59 lead against the mighty Beermen.
Import Khapri Alston poured 20 of his 38 points in the first quarter in an explosive start for Columbian Dyip.
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.