Fa­jardo leads SMB’s come­from-be­hind win over Kia

Manila Times - - SPORT - BY JOSEF T. RAMOS

JUNE MAR FA­JARDO ex­ploded into ac­tion at the right time for San Miguel Beer as the Beer­men pulled off a come­from-be­hind 118-112 win over Kia to clinch a quar­ter­fi­nals seat in the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (PBA) Sea­son 42 Gover­nors’ Cup on Satur­day at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

The 6’11 three-time Most Valu­able Player un­loaded 32 of his ca­reer sec­ond best 41 points in the sec­ond half on top of his 17 re­bounds and three as­sists to ex­tend San Miguel’s win­ning streak to three games for a 6-3 win-loss record.

“He (Fa­jardo) was able to catch up from his pre­vi­ous games and I need him to be in­side be­cause I know he will dom­i­nate this game. His stint with Gi­las (Pilip­inas) also helped him a lot,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Aus­tria.

Mar­cio Las­siter and im­port Ter­rence Wat­son added 16 points each, while Chris Ross and Alex Cabag­not con­trib­uted 15 points apiece. Alex Cabag­not con­trib- uted 11 points and eight as­sists also for the Beer­men.

“Ugly game for us be­cause ev­ery­body is ex­pect­ing us to pull away in this game, but we didn’t. It’s a wake up call for us as what I’ve said ev­ery­body wanted to beat us. From the start, I know they will play good. But even it’s a one-point win, that’s okay with me,” added Aus­tria.

From an 80-87 deficit with still 11:08 to go in the last quar­ter, San Miguel Beer closed the gap by un­load­ing a 10-2 run to grab the lead at 90-89 with 8:52 re­main­ing.

But the Pi­canto re­fused to go down early and im­port Geron John­son’s triple put Kia within one, 104-105 with 4:05 left in the game.

But Fa­jardo, San­tos and Cabag­not joined forces in the last four min­utes to give San Miguel a 112-106 ad­van­tage, 1:36 left to take the game for good.

John­son flirted with a triple­dou­ble of 42 points, 10 re­bounds and eight as­sists but had 10 turnovers for Kia, which re­mained win­less af­ter 10 games.

BU­REAU PHOTO

June Mar Fa­jardo of SMB sneaks a shot past Geron John­son of Kia dur­ing the Philip­pine Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Sea­son 42 Gover­nors’ Cup on Satur­day at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. PBA ME­DIA

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