Sa akin talaga -- Fajardo on error-filled outing
Mark Escarlote on Mar 24, 2018 06:38 AM
Madami kasi akong turnovers eh. Sa'kin talaga. Masyado akong nanggigil -- June Mar Fajardo
San Miguel Beer just shot themselves on the foot.
And it was June Mar Fajardo who pulled the trigger.
The prized center caught fire on offense but his atrocious number of turnovers highlighted the fourth quarter collapse of the Beermen as Magnolia stole the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals best-of-seven series opener, 105-103, Friday night at the Big Dome.
Fajardo posted 31 points on 10-of-15 field goal shooting, grabbed 18 rebounds but committed 11 of the SMB’s turnovers in an embarrassing triple-double mark in the stats sheet.
“Madami kasi akong turnovers eh. Sa'kin talaga. Masyado akong nanggigil,” he said.
The Hotshots converted SMB’s errors to 20 points.
“Maraming turnovers na na-convert. Bawi ako next game,” added Fajardo.
The four-time Most Valuable Player bullied his way to 25 points in the first three quarters in a stretch that saw the Beermen build a 72-52 lead.
Fajardo was getting his way against Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang for the first 36 minutes but was outplayed by the lanky Hotshot player in the fourth.
Sangalang limited the SMB behemoth to only six points in the fourth while scoring 14 over Fajardo on the other end.
Sangalang finished with 29 points and grabbed nine boards for Magnolia.
“Magaling ginawa ni Ian. Nakailang offensive rebounds din siya,” said Fajardo. “Ayun. Talo talaga.”
After allowing the Hotshots to take a 105-103 lead off Sangalang’s two free throws following a Fajardo foul off a fake with 16 ticks remaining, SMB had a chance to salvage the game when Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon missed both his charities with three seconds left.
Fajardo established a good position underneath for a final play but Rafi Reavis deflected Alex Cabagnot’s inbound pass before blocking Arwind Santos’ three-point attempt at the buzzer.
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