Six-time most valuable player June Mar Fajardo is getting back on his deadly form as San Miguel clamped down Blackwater, 99-80, to book its third consecutive win at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
The 6-foot-10 big man led the Beermen to their third consecutive win in the conference, entering the upper crust of the standings with a 3-1 win-loss card.
Fajardo headed the assault with a double-double display of 16 points and 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play, while CJ Perez contributed 14 points, five rebounds and one steal.
The squad’s veteran gunners were also on point as Marcio Lassiter fired 13 markers on 3-of-6 three point shooting, while Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos tossed 12 and 10 points each.
No one was happier than SMB head coach Leo Austria, who said Fajardo is now starting to get his groove after more than a year of recovery from a gruesome leg injury that sidelined him last season.
According to Austria, the 31-year old giant’s development came just right in time for the halfway stretch of the competition.
“I’m happy for him (Fajardo). He really wants to get back on his old form,” Austria said in the post-match interview.
“We saw his dominance inside. But I know that it’s not enough for him, his thinking for something better.”
Taking a 69-53 advantage entering the final canto, San Miguel bolstered its offense as Perez and sniper Von Pessumal connived and ballooned their lead by as much as 25 points, 82-57, with 7:37 left in the floor.
The Beermen stifled Blackwater’s attempt to cut the lead in the final moments of the game, leaving the Bossing winless in all of its four games.
Simon Enciso’s game-high 25 point-performance went for naught as Blackwater fell deeper to with 0-4 record.
SAN MIGUEL (99) – Fajardo 16, Perez 14, Lassiter 13, Cabagnot 12, Zamar 11, Santos 10, Pessumal 10, Ross 5, Tautuaa 2, Gotladera 2, Comboy 2, , Gamalinda 2, Sena 0
BLACKWATER (80)– Enciso 25, Nabong 12, Tolomia 12, Daquioag 9, Desiderio 5, Escoto 5, Amer 4, Canaleta 4, Acuno 2, Magat 2, Semerad 0, Paras 0
Quarters : 20-11, 39-38, 69-53, 99-80