SAN Miguel started off its Grand Slam bid with a 130-119 win over Phoenix Pulse on Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Fresh from a championship conquest in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Beermen started out strong in their quest to cop the season-ending conference title as the Beermen turned a close game into a rout in the third period.
San Miguel led by as many as 26 points in the contest after a 24-2 run turned a 79-75 lead into a 103-77 advantage in the third quarter.
Highly touted San Miguel import Dez Wells lived up to the hype in his first game in the PBA after finishing with 42 points and adding eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the Beermen to the win.
Slow starters following a conference championship, San Miguel coach Leo Austria is glad his team is finally able to begin the Governors’ Cup on a high note.
The Beermen are also coming off a campaign in the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 where the team finished fourth.
“Finally, nagkaroon kami ng good start after winning a championship. Maybe our participation in the Terrific 12 helped us a lot. Nagkaroon kami ng bonding at nagkaroon kami ng a lot of experience. The team really wanted to win and I’m surprised they have a lot of energy inspite of a hectic schedule,” said Austria.
The Fuel Masters fell to 0-2.
Wells had 18 points in the second period to lead the Beermen to a 70-55 advantage at the half in a high scoring game.
The Beermen’s lead decreased to four points, 79-75, but Arwind Santos had 10 points in the third to pull away again.
Alex Cabagnot had 23 points, while Santos added 18 points. June Mar Fajardo had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Beermen.
Eugene Phelps’ effort went for naught for the Fuel Masters after he ended up with 41 points and 20 rebounds. Matthew Wright added 18 points.
San Miguel 130 – Wells 42, Cabagnot 23, Santos 18, Fajardo 17, Nabong 9, Ross 8, Romeo 7, Pessumal 6, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Standhardinger 0.
Phoenix Pulse 119 – Phelps 41, Wright 18, Perkins 14, Napoles 9, Jazul 8, Garcia 7, Intal 6, Marcelo 6, Chua 2, Dennison 2, Wilson 0, Kramer 0.
Quarters: 31-26; 70-55; 105-83; 130-119.