For the first time in over four years—or since his rookie season, San Miguel Beer behemoth June Mar Fajardo laid a big fat egg.
Up against lightweight Mahindra on Wednesday night, the pro league’s reigning three-time MVP missed all of his four attempts and accounted for a single error while playing for less than nine minutes.
It could easily be suggested that the Floodbuster have practically got the job done. But the Beermen, teeming with superior talent and firepower from every position, cruised to a dominant 109-80 victory to sustain a familiar strong start in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
“Malakas ‘yung mga teammates ko so kaya naming manalo,” stressed the the 6-foot-10, who sat out the entire second half and watched with delight as the Beermen built a lead as high as 34 points and gave the Floodbuster a sound beating despite the return of playing-coach Manny Pacquiao to their fold.
The scoreless performance was only the second time in the Cebuano giant’s pro league career since he also failed to break the ice in San Miguel Beer’s hard-earned 60-53 win over defunct Air21 in the same mid-season tournament last March 1, 2013.
Fajardo, however, is hardly worried. “Basta maganda ang nilaro ng team. Panalo rin kami (kaya ayos lang kahit scoreless,” he said.
If any, the SMB slotman gained some sort of consolation by enjoying an extended time to rest.
“Malaking bagay ‘to para sa akin,” said Fajardo, who’s also spending time training with Gilas Pilipinas training pool ahead of the SEABA Championships slated next month.
SMB coach Leo Austria certainly knows how crucial giving Fajardo enough time to recover.
“Kailangan namin i-rest si June Mar kasi medyo bugbog siya. Ngayon, nagkaroon siya ng opportunity to rest. That’s why we want to prepare him for the bigger games including SEABA,” said the Beermen mentor.
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