San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo no longer shows that he’s still in pain as he went unstoppable in Game 3 versus Talk ‘N Text KaTropa, 96-86.
Right after the tip-off, Fajardo scored the first seven points for the Beermen as they made a 7-2 opening quarter shock.
TNT struggled in that period as they almost failed to reach double-figure. Thanks to RR Pogoy’s free-throws at least they were 10 points at the end of first quarter.
Then on the next frame SMB continued their domination as the lead started to balloon.
This time around, not only that the Beermen were sharp in their offense but they’re also unforgiving in the defensive end.
Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro who are the TNT saviors in Game 2 were all shutdown in the decisive match. Both players were limited to only 10 points and each time they attempt to make a shot, the Beermen players were always present to contest it.
“We’ve been criticized before na wala kaming defense, but tonight you saw San Miguel’s team defense,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.
Fajardo on the other hand seems like there was no defense on existence as he was perfect on the floor with 11-of-11 from the field. His total output was 32 points and 14 rebounds.
His motivation is that his team don’t want an early vacation as their eyes focused on the fifth straight All-Filipino trophy.
“Gusto naming makabalik sa finals,” said Fajardo. “Lahat nag-step up,” maintained Fajardo. “Buti nanalo kami. Thankful nanalo kami.”
Christian Standhardinger who formed SMB’s twin towers was also unstoppable in the post as he shoots 8-of-9 from the field. Standhardinger finished the game with 17 markers.
The Beermen have now secured a seat to the semi-final round and they’ll be facing the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup number one team, the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters.
San Miguel vs TNT Box Score
Quarters: 25-10 | 53-27 | 77-55 | 96-86
Beermen (96) – Fajardo 32, Standhardinger 17, Romeo 11, Cabagnot 8, Ross 8, Santos 7, Lassiter 6, Tubid 5, Rosser 2
KaTropa (86) – Pogoy 16, Heruela 10, Castro 10, Taha 10, Rosario 10, Williams 9, Bono 6, Reyes 5, A. Semerad 4, Trollano 2, Washington 2, Casino 2