PBA: June Mar wants to beat Greg in Finals rematch nine years in the making

Paul Lintag on Jul 24, 2018 05:49 PM
PBA: June Mar wants to beat Greg in overdue Finals rematch
Two of the most imposing figures in the PBA today, fans finally get to see both behemoths go at it with a title on the line as defending champion San Miguel Beer prepares to take on Brgy. Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

For the first time ever, the PBA Finals will feature June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter.

Two of the most imposing figures in the PBA today, fans finally get to see both behemoths go at it with a title on the line as defending champion San Miguel Beer prepares to take on Brgy. Ginebra in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals.

While it's the first time that June Mar and Greg will face each other in the PBA Finals, both of them already dueled in college, with Slaughter's UV Green Lancers beat Fajardo's UC Webmasters, 3-1, to win the 2009 CESAFI crown.

Fajardo wants to return the favor in the PBA almost a decade later.

"Sa Cebu? Yun nga, talo kami. Parang best-of-5 ata yun tapos parang 3-1 ata yung standing. Nanalo lang kami Game 3 yata then ayun talo kami. Sobrang hirap kami sa kanila, sobrang lakas nila noon. Natalo kami nung Finals namin sa Cebu, so sana this time ako naman manalo," June Mar said of that Finals matchup nine years ago.

"Nakakatuwa lang kasi parang hindi mo akalain na makarating kami dito then ngayon nandito kami tapos nagkaharap ulit kami. 10 years na ba yun? Sobrang blessed kami na nandito kami sa sitwasyon na ito," he added.

While there's a championship to win, the ever-humble Fajardo couldn't help but look back at his humble start with Slaughter in the province.

For the upcoming PBA Finals, June Mar is confident it would be a treat to everyone but most especially the Cebuanos who watched them duke it out in CESAFI.

The reigning four-time league MVP will go all out for the Finals, he's sure Slaughter will too.

"For sure, ibibigay din ni Greg yung best niya. Then ako, syempre ako ibibigay ko din yung best ko," June Mar said.

"For sure, matutuwa yung mga taga-Cebu kasi nga nagkaharap kami ng Greg ngayon and then parang mare-reminisce nila yung CESAFI days namin. Ganoon din ako. Naalala ko din yung mga games namin sa Cebu," he added.

 

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