PBA Finals: June Mar owns up to late-game blunder

Philip Matel on Aug 06, 2018 01:24 PM
PBA Finals: June Mar owns up to late-game blunder
There will be no more complaining from San Miguel after Sunday evening as they prepare for Game 6.

Newly-crowned Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo admits that Game 5 could have gone in a different direction if he would have made two free throws in the late stages of the game.

The four-time reigning MVP missed two free throws with 56.6 seconds left with San Miguel hanging on for dear life with an 83-82 lead. 

Instead, Ginebra got the ball off Arwind Santos, thus getting possession, which then led to the Scottie Thompson go-ahead basket to put up the Gin Kings 84-83 with 36.0 seconds left. 

Ultimately, the defending champs never got a chance to score again after that play, and now they are facing elimination in Game 6 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals on Wednesday.

"Nakakafrustrate. Nagmintis pa ako ng dalawa sa free throw. Sayang. Dahil doon, kung naishoot ko siguro, magiiba siguro ang storya. Pero namintis ko. Akin yun. Syempre kasi kung naipasok ko yun at nanalo kami, magiiba ang storya. Ngayon talo kami. Sa akin yun."

The gentle giant from Cebu added that there's no point in getting sour over the final stretch of Game 5, since the team needs to regroup and go all-out for their do-or-die game at the Mall of Asia Arena, or bid adieu.

Facing elimination for the first time since the 'Beeracle' run in 2016, Fajardo stresses that this will be the ultimate test, a true test of character for a team that has gotten their share of ups and downs this conference. 

"Kailangan naming mag-bounce back kasi pag nanalo sila, over na para sa amin yung laro. Gusto pa naming makaabot ng Game 7, gagawin namin lahat para maipanalo yung game sa Game 6. Sobrang hirap kasi alam naman natin kung gaano kalakas yung Ginebra."


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