MACAU -- Terrence Romeo sparked the San Miguel Beermen's fourth-quarter scoring rampage as they turned back the Shenzhen Aviators, 90-76 and open their 2019 East Asia Super League Terrific 12 campaign on a high note Tuesday night at the Tap Seac Stadium.
Romeo buried three triples in the final period to lead SMB's merciless 24-7 blitzkrieg to turn a precarious one-point lead to a 90-72 bubble heading into the final minute. Romeo went on to finish the game with 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists, while going four-of-seven from beyond the arc.
American import Dez Wells also provided stability on both ends of the floor after leading the Beermen with 29 points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists in a solid all-around performance.
"I think he fits our team and, he fits the role of a small (Chris) McCullough," Austria said after the game as the eight-time PBA champion coach compared Wells to the Beermen's Commissioner's Cup import.
"He manufactures points when needed and I think he will do well with our team."
San Miguel's big reinforcement Lester Prosper added 10 points and 15 boards, giving his team the much-needed inside presence in the absence of injured five-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo.
Chris Ross came through with another complete game after chipping in 11 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Fil-German Christian Standhardinger came off the bench to score 11.
"We just kind of stick to what we do, weather the storms because basketball is game of run," shared Ross, whose pesky defense also contributed to Shenzhen's pint-sized import Pierre Jackson's seven turnovers. "Our team as a whole started strong but kind of held on in the end, and that's a testament to our defense."
The Beermen led by as many as 20 points, 33-13 early in the second period, but Shenzhen fought back.
Jackson led the Chinese ballclub's attack with 18 points. But what enabled Shenzhen to mount the comeback was its huge 31-14 bench points advantage.
However, San Miguel's firepower in the final period proved too much, allowing the Beermen to pull away in the end.
The Beermen made a killing on defense after holding a big 16-5 advantage in steals.