June Mar Fajardo returned for the San Miguel Beermen in game five of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) finals and his mere presence seemed to raise the performance of his teammates as they continued their fight back against the Alaska Aces.
The Aces once again blew a shot at wrapping up the game and the series when Calvin Abueva missed a shot inside the paint in the dying seconds of regulation play.
It was an error the Aces were made to rue. The game went to overtime and the Beermen suddenly began to move the ball around with ease and found a tempo that the Alaska outfit simply could not live with.
In the end, as overtime victories go, it was relatively comfortable for San Miguel as they triumphed 110-104.
Fajardo played 16 minutes and 29 seconds and came through with 13 points and four rebounds.
The Beermen will have the opportunity to tie the series at 3-3 when the two teams slug it out in game six at the Big Dome on Friday.