Ross: ‘We have benefitted from June Mar’s greatness’

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Mar 04, 2017 11:19 AM
Ross: ‘We have benefited from June Mar’s greatness’
BROTHERS IN ARMS. Of course, June Mar Fajardo has been at the forefront of San Miguel's quest for a third consecutive All-Filipino championship.

After suffering a heartbreak of a loss in overtime nearly a week ago, San Miguel has now won back-to-back to close in on a third consecutive All-Filipino championship.

And the Beermen know exactly what they need to do to wrap up this series against sister team Ginebra.

It’s simple, really. The two-time defending champions will put the ball in the hands of the six-foot-11 giant who has just won his fourth straight Best Player of the Conference.

Asked about their gameplan for Game 5, Marcio Lassiter answered, “We’ll try to go inside-out (again). We have to go to our strength and that’s June Mar (Fajardo).”

He then continued, “They (Ginebra) will have to figure him out first. If they want to double, we will be ready to shoot.”

Through four games, Fajardo has proved to be too much for the Gin Kings’ frontline, posting per game counts of 16 points and 11. 5 rebounds.

And of course, “The Kraken’s” teammates are pointing to him as their big, big trump card against the crowd darlings and the league’s winningest coach. “Everyone else feeds off June Mar. When June Mar gets going, it’s good for the rest of us because we have benefitted from June Mar’s greatness,” Chris Ross expressed.

Indeed, Ross has continued to put up pleasant surprise of numbers with defenses keying in on Fajardo. Just in Game 4, he knocked down half of his 10 triple tries.

“June Mar, when he gets the ball in the post, he’s looking to make a pass talaga. Nagma-mature na siya,” head coach Leo Austria said of his prized ward.

Still, Austria said there’s always room for improvement – even for a three-time MVP. “It’s a matter of time (before he) fully matures. Of course, he still needs a lot of improvement dahil we know all of the teams will try to double (team) for him to have a hard time,” he said.

For Fajardo himself, however, anything and everything he does is all about giving back to his teammates. “Sila kasi ang nagmo-motivate sa akin. ‘Di naman every game, maganda nilalaro ko di ba,” he said.

He then continued, “Pero ine-encourage pa rin talaga nila ako na mag-bounce back. Kaya gustong-gusto ko yung championship para masaya naman lahat.”

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