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Austria lauds Wells for controlling emotion despite near outburst in physical game against Columbian

by Reynald Magallon, October 21, 2019 3:11pm

San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria lauded his import Dez Wells for controlling his emotion during their tough and physical encounter with the Columbian Dyip on Sunday.

The Beermen finally solved the Dyip's riddle who have been beating them this season. SMB was 0-2 against Columbian this season prior to the Sunday night's 113-107 victory. However, it was not an easy win for the Beermen as they were forced to squeezed everything they got to shake off the gritty and physical Dyip squad.

Fortunately for SMB, Wells came in to the rescue in the final frame, more composed as he unloaded 18 points in the payoff period to carry the Beermen.

"I think nung second half kumalma siya eh, maybe in the first half he thought he can win by himself but in the second half, with the help of the coaching staff, they were able to talk to him and just follow our game plan and that's what happened makikita niyo talagang nakontrol niya yung emotion niya," said Austria.

However, it was not a perfect display of tolerance for Wells as he blew his top after he was fouled hard by Dyip forward Jackson Corpuz. Wells, who clearly wanted a piece of Corpuz, had to be restrained by his teammates after the incident.

Austria said he understand the furstration of Wells who thought the Dyip got away with too many fouls on Wells.

"Except dun sa isang incident na he felt na talagang sinadya siya dahil maraming beses na na bumabagsak siya, tumitira na walang foul to the point nga siya pa nga yung nagbabaon dun sa nakafoul sa kanya yung last time na nangyari sa kanya di na niya matanggap eh," explained Austria.

Wells managed to regain his composure as the Beermen pulled away late in the final frame to notch their fifth win and virtually take a seat in the Quarterfinals. Wells went on to finishi with game-high 39 points, nine boards and five assists although he committed six turnovers.

"We're fortunate he was able to recover his game in the second half

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