SANTA ROSA, Laguna -- San Miguel rode a hot third quarter to stomp an all-local Alaska side, 109-83, for its second win in the PBA Governors' Cup on Sunday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.
Dez Wells scored 17 of his 25 points to start the second half as he matched the Aces point for point during those 12 minutes. Terrence Romeo was also productive off the bench and ended up with 18 points, two rebounds and four assists to help the team improve to 2-0.
Up by just five, 49-44, after Vic Manuel started things off for Alaska with a jumper, SMB went on an 8-0 blitz in the next three minutes to quickly put up a 13-point lead. The Beermen would stay in control as Wells spearheaded the attack and entered the fourth with a comfortable 81-59 cushion thanks to Romeo beating the buzzer on a driving layup.
San Miguel did not let up in the payoff period, where Von Pessumal three straight triples to start the quarter and bury the Aces into a 31-point hole, 90-59. Romeo and Kelly Nabong later combined for three more triples to help the team cruise the rest of the way.
Manuel had 14 points, five rebounds and two assists for Alaska, which played without import Justin Watts (calf strain). Alaska has yet to record their first win of the conference after dropping to 0-3.
"What more can I say? We won this game because they didn't have an import. We had an enough time to field all of our players. I don't what happened to them. But a win is a win for us," said coach Leo Austria. "We have a mission here: To get to the top four because that's a twice-to-beat advantage. It's a bit saddening that the other side had no import. But even if it's only five of them or what, this is an official team so we're going to take it with ease because every game this conference is important."
Despite the dismal start for Aces, Cariaso said he is more focused on the way they're playing through this adjustment period.
"We're frustrated that we're 0-3. But I think -- and I shared this with the guys -- the one thing that I want us to get out of this, even if we're 0-3, is we understand our identity here at Alaska. We understand how I'd want them to play. During that process, there are growing pains and we're going through the growing pains now. But to me I think what's more important is we're playing the right way, we're defending the way we want to," he said.
Alaska shot only 39 percent from the field and made just 5-for-22 shots from downtown in the loss.
San Miguel (109) -- Wells 25, Romeo 18, Cabagnot 10, Fajardo 10, Santos 10, Nabong 10, Pesusmal 9, Ross 9, Ganuelas-Rosser 4, Zamar 2, Tubid 2, Vigil 0, Lanete 0.
Alaska (83) -- Casio 16, Manuel 14, Tratter 13, Banchero 11, Thoss 10, Enciso 7, Ayaay 6, Galliguez 4, Pascual 2, Babilonoa 0, Andrada 0.
Quarters: 25-29, 49-42, 81-59, 109-83.
- Cariaso hinted at a possible import change for Alaska soon. "I won't say it first, to be honest with you, but there obviously is a backup to our import situation. I think you'll find out soon enough."
- June Mar Fajardo and Sonny Thoss have breached the 6000-point plateau on Sunday. Fajardo did it in just seven seasons, while Thoss in his 17th season became the fourth player in Alaska history to reach the milestone in franchise history after Jojo Lastimosa, Johnny Abarrientos and Sean Chambers.
- Alaska vs. Meralco on Oct. 4 at the Mall of Asia Arena
- San Miguel vs. NLEX on Oct. 5 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, UAE