Fajardo, Beermen fend off Picanto
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.—