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Wells fires 42 as SMB dethrones Ryukyu to reach Terrific 12 semis

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By Jonas Terrado

Dez Wells erupted for 42 points Thursday as San Miguel Beer dethroned last year’s winner Ryukyu Golden Kings of Japan, 101-92, Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Pavilion in Macau.

Dez Wells goes for a dunk during San Miguel's win over Ryukyu Golden Kings. (Photo from Terrific 12)

Dez Wells goes for a dunk during San Miguel’s win over Ryukyu Golden Kings. (Photo from Terrific 12)

Wells, set to play in the PBA Governors’ Cup, made 16-of-29 shots while adding six rebounds and three assists as the Beermen completed a two-game sweep of Group B.

Terrence Romeo scored 18 points and import Lester Prosper produced 15 points and eight rebounds for SMB, which arranged a semifinal duel with Group D winner Liaoning Flying Leopards on Saturday.

Liaoning, led by former NBA player Lance Stephenson and Tunisian national team star Salah Mejri, claimed top spot in Group D after winning all two games including one against TNT KaTropa.

Coach Leo Austria and the Beermen made it to the semis of the five-day tournament despite the absence of June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter due to injuries.

SMB opened the tournament by defeating Chinese club Shenzhen Aviators, 90-76, last Tuesday.

Import Demon Brooks scored a game-high 34 points but the Japanese side finished its campaign with a 0-2 slate.

Ryukyu suffered a 115-77 loss to Shenzhen the other night.

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