Fa­jardo, Beer­men fend off Pi­canto

The Freeman - - SPORTS -

Reign­ing three-time MVP June Mar de­liv­ered im­port-like num­bers, scor­ing sea­son-high 41 points and 17 re­bounds in a mon­ster game to res­cue the San Miguel Beer­men from the re­silient Kia Pi­canto, 118-112, in the Oppo PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup on Satur­day at Mall of Asia Arena.

Fa­jardo poured in 32 points in the se­cond half where the Beer­men needed to come back from a dou­bledigit deficit to fend off the win­less Kia.

The Beer­men strug­gled in the first two quar­ters against Kia which was de­ter­mined to pull off a mas­sive up­set against the ti­tle con­tenders.

Be­hind im­port Geron John­son’s 22 first half points, the Pi­canto stunned the Beer­men and took con­trol of the game. Kia held a 50-45 ad­van­tage at the half.

Kia con­tin­ued its su­perb show­ing in the third pe­riod, ex­tend­ing its lead to 10 points, 82-72.

But the Pi­canto couldn’t find an an­swer to “The Kraken”. He started to im­pose his will in­side against the un­der­sized and help­less Kia front­line.—


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