PBA: SMB can't afford another bad start says June Mar

Paul Lintag on Jul 09, 2018 08:22 PM
PBA: SMB can't afford another bad start says June Mar
June Mar Fajardo and the Beermen were down 23 to TNT in the first half of their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup quarterfinals series.

San Miguel Beer had to work extra hard to win Game 1 of its quarterfinals series against TNT in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The defending champion Beermen were down early and were forced to erase a 23-point deficit to take an early lead in the short, best-of-3 series.

But as sensational as that comeback was, four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo says its time to move on for San Miguel, noting that Game 2, which is set in two days, will be far different.

"Tapos na yung game na yun eh. Move on na. For sure, next game, iba na ang approach namin sa game, ganoon din sa kabilang team," Fajardo said.

"Sana tuloy-tuloy na pero alam natin na hindi ganoon kadali ipanalo yung game. For sure, gagawin nila ang lahat para maka-bounce back. Ganoon din kami. Kailangan namin tapusin agad yung series kung maaari. Mahirap yung sitwasyon," he added.

Fajardo was one of the major keys in the Beermen's comeback as he scored a total of 27 points, 17 in the second half. He also had 13 rebounds.

As San Miguel struggled to make anything in the first half, Fajardo just had to carry a heavier load in the second half right behind import Renaldo Balkman who dropped a game-high 36.

"Sobrang nafrustrate kami sa loob kaya kailangan namin mag-step up, lalo na sa depensa. Sa opensa naman, kailangan naming maging agresibo," Fajardo said.

"Sana next game, di na namin afford na matambakan kami ng ganoong kalaki sa first half kasi ang hirap maghabol. Alam natin kung gaano kalakas ang TNT," he added.




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