MACAU – Zhejiang Guangsha Lions foiled the comeback of San Miguel Beer and escaped with a 91-89 victory to take the third place of East Asia Super League Terrific 12 invitation tournament Sunday night here at the Tap Seac-Multi-Sport Pavilion.
The Chinese club nearly blew an eight-point lead with two minutes left in the contest, 85-77, when Dez Wells anchored the late push of the Beermen that fell short as the Philippine Basketball Association squad settled for fourth spot in the tough 12-club competition.
Jalen Reynolds and Aaron Jackson bounced back from a late-game booboo in their semifinal game against Seoul SK Knights, combining for 40 points while Jinqiu Hu paced the team with 31 points.
“We just put the game behind us. We stayed together and things gone our way,” said Reynolds, who also grabbed 15 rebounds in 29 minutes of play.
Wells led all scorers with 33 points and his three-pointer put San Miguel within two, 89-91, with 2.6 seconds left in the game.
Guangsha called a timeout and turned the ball over in its final play but time was not on the side of the Beermen as Wells’ half-court heave was way off the target.
Lester Prosper had 16 points and 11 rebounds for San Miguel while Akex Cabagnot and Kelly Nabong chipped in 15 and 14 markers, respectively.
Terrence Romeo, who was scintillating in the group stage, was held scoreless in 22 minutes and missed all of his four attempts.
“We’re very thankful for the opportunity. We learned a lot. It’s really hard to win against teams with a lot of size,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria.