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SMB poised to sign Wells for Grand Slam campaign


San Miguel Beer, fresh from winning the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup on Friday, wants to reinforce its lineup with Dez Wells for the upcoming Season 44 PBA Governors’ Cup that begins September 20.

The Beermen beat TNT KaTropa, 102-90, in Game 6 of the best-of-seven Commissioner’s Cup finals on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.

“Coaching staff thinks he can help us in the 6’5 import conference since based on the scouting report, he is a two-way player who could give us energy and toughness,” San Miguel Beer team manager Gee Abanilla told The Manila Times in a text message on Saturday.

The San Miguel Beermen celebrate after winning their 27th overall title and fourth Commissioner’s Cup crown on Friday after beating TNT KaTropa in Game 6 of their best-of-seven titular showdown at the Araneta Coliseum. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

The 6’5 Wells, 27, had an average of 13.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a member of the Oklahoma City Blue in the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association’s G-League.
SMB will take another shot at a Grand Slam, which they failed to secure in the 2017 Season when they won the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup but lost the Governors’ Cup to sister team Barangay Ginebra.

“Wala kaming pupuntahan kung hindi doon (That’s the only destination),” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria, referring to another try at a Grand Slam.

“In 2017, we won the first and second conferences but unfortunately we did not have a very good import in the third conference. And this time with the help of the coaching staff and a lot of people, we are praying to have a good import that could match our opponent’s.”

Import Chris McCullough sizzled with 35 points on top of 13 rebounds and four blocks while June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger contributed 19 and 18 points, respectively, in Game 6.

Austria, now winner of eight PBA titles, added that a Grand Slam is what the fans and the management have been asking for so long.

“We are targeting another championship. Double purpose ito dahil once you win the championship sa third conference, siguro maibabalato na sa amin ‘yung Grand Slam, which is aspired for by many fans and even the management. It will be an honor if makukuha namin. But it is really hard because you have to think one game at a time,” Austria said.

Terrence Romeo, who already won two titles with San Miguel Beer, was declared the finals’ Most Valuable Player.

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