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Wells, Fajardo carry San Miguel past gritty Columbian

by Reynald Magallon, October 20, 2019 6:55pm

Dez Wells and June Mar Fajardo took over in the final frame as they carried the San Miguel Beermen past the Columbian Dyip, 113-104 ,in the 2019 Governor's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday.

Wells and Fajardo combined for 27 points of the Beermen's 37 points in the final frame as they recovered from a nine-point hole early in the payoff period. Wells exploded for 18 points in the fourth quarter to finish with game high 39 points. Fajardo meanwhile provided nine of his 19 points as he gave the Beermen muscle inside after being plagued by fouls in the first three quarters.

Columbian was ahead by nine points, 91-82 at the 8:03 mark of the final frame but a Terrence Romeo step back trey sparked a huge fourth quarter outburst for the Beermen. SMB embarked to an 17-4 run with Wells leading the charge. He scored on a dunk before completing an and-1 play to pull the Beermen within three, 93-90. Fajardo and Alex Cabagnot then followed suit as the Beermen took a 94-93 lead with five minutes remaining.

Jackson Corpuz stopped the bleeding with a layup but SMB answered back with a booming Santos trey and a Fajardo and-1 play to erect a 100-95 cushion.

It was all Beermen since then as the Dyip seemed to lost their composure with Corpuz getting assessed with a Flagrant foul after elbowing Wells, much to the disappointment of the high scoring import who wanted a piece of Corpuz before he was pacified by his teammates.

Wells added nine boards and five assists across his name while Fajardo contributed 13 rebounds and four dimes. Alex Cabagnot also added 15 markers while Romeo contributed 12 as SMB notched their fifth victory in seven games and virtually book a spot to the Quarterfinals.

Columbian on the other hand was paced by Khapri Alston who unloaded 38 points powered by a 20 point first quarter performance while Juami Tiongson and CJ Perez added 18 points apiece. That, however were not enough as the Dyip absorbed their fourth loss in the conference against three wins.

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