PBA: Compton to injured June Mar: "Next year ka na lang [bumalik]"

Paul Lintag on Oct 06, 2018 11:50 PM
PBA: Compton to June Mar:
While Fajardo is expected to rejoin the Beermen soon, barring setbacks in his recovery, Compton has a suggestion for the San Miguel's prized center.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- Beating San Miguel is always nice but beating San Miguel with June Mar Fajardo is better.

Head coach Alex Compton and his Alaska Aces beat the Beermen Saturday sans Fajardo, and he knows that's not up to par compared to beating San Miguel with the Kraken.

Still, anytime you beat SMB is a big deal, and Compton knows that too.

"Everybody is fighting for that twice-to-beat and this is huge against clearly the dominant team in the past three years," Compton said after the 128-119 win over the Beermen that put Alaska to 5-1 for the conference, tied for second place.

"And I know June Mar is not there, that helps us. When you don't have to play against the dominant force in the league, it ups your chances, so that changes everything," he added.

Fajardo, the league's reigning four-time MVP and favorite to win a fifth this year, has yet to suit up in the Governors' Cup.

June Mar is dealing with a shin injury.

While Fajardo is expected to rejoin the Beermen soon, barring setbacks in his recovery, Compton has a suggestion for the San Miguel's prized center.

"I know June Mar is a really good guy, I hope he gets better. Ang payo ko lang sa kanya, pahinga ka muna. Sobrang halaga ka sa national team, may future ka. Baka next year ka na lang [bumalik]," the Alaska coach said, jokingly of course.

"No, I'm sure he'll be back soon and back to MVP form," he added.

Compton sure knows just how dominant Fajardo can be for the Beermen.

After all, San Miguel's latest dynasty in the June Mar era was built by beating the Aces numerous times in the Finals.

So everytime he's out, it helps the rest of the PBA balance things out a bit, and that includes the Aces.

"I think June Mar is so dominant, even if he didn't play this conference he should still win MVP. I mean, he's just incredible," Compton said.

"So it helps us that he's not there but I do hope he gets better soon," he added.

 


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