PBA: SMB blowout loss dampens Fajardo's milestone night
Mark Escarlote on Aug 03, 2018 11:08 PM
San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo's celebration for winning his seventh Best Player of the Conference award and reaching 5,000 points was short-lived after the Beermen's 30-point loss to Barangay Ginebra.
San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo reached a couple of milestones Friday in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals at the Big Dome.
The behemoth snagged his seventh Best Player of the Conference award before tipoff and then joined the elite 5,000-point club.
But his supposedly celebratory mood was dampened with the Beermen being on the receiving end of the unusual blowout trend of the best-of-seven Finals series, now tied at two games apiece.
Fajardo finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds but even his inspired effort was not enough to save SMB from a 100-130 revenge beating at the hands of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.
“Wala ang isip ko doon (sa award) pero blessed ako na nanalo ako ng BPC,” said the 28-year old Fajardo.
“Thankful ako kay God, thankful ako sa teammates ko, sa coaching staff, credit ko sa kanila yun kasi di ko naman yun magagawa kung di dahil sa kanila,” added Fajardo.
The big man also tallied his 5,001 points after making a layup with just 7:54 left in the fourth period.
Unfortunately, Fajardo’s last marker of the night all but chipped a morsel of the Gin Kings’ 111-85 lead before head coach Leo Austria waived the white flag by pulling out his center.
“Tapos na ‘yun talo kami sa game kailangan mag-regroup, kailangan bounce back next game,” said Fajardo.
Game 5 is on Sunday.
“Kailangan naming manalo next game kasi mahirap kasi best-of-3 na lang yung series,” Fajardo said.
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