But in the Beermen’s PLDT Home TVolution quarterfinal matchup against seventh-seed Air 21, things didn’t exactly come easy for the 6-foot-10, 24-year-old pride of Cebu, especially against his counterpart – ageless veteran Asi Taulava.
“Naiinis nga ako eh na-outduel ako ng mas matanda sa akin,” Fajardo told InterAksyon.com about his match up with the oldest player in the PBA.
“Pero babawi ako sa next game.”...
The seventh-seeded Express knew that no lead was safe against the Beermen. In their last meeting, they led by 18 points in the third quarter but they watched helplessly as the Beermen tool the game away from them. This time around Air21 did a good job of taking care of their lead en route to the victory.
With the Beermen threatening a comeback, Sean Anthony, Asi Taulava, and Wesley Witherspoon took turns making baskets to keep them away. Anthony was brilliant in the second half as he scored from the paint and from beyond the arc, but it was the ageless Taulava who hit the biggest baskets in the game, with two jumpers, right when Arwind Santos was trying to shoot the Beermen back into contention....
San Miguel Beer’s sophomore center June Mar Fajardo is on track to win a second straight Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award after finishing No. 1 again in the statistical points (SP) department at the end of elimination round of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Despite missing two games due to an ankle injury, the 6-foot-10 Cebu pride averaged 12.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks. He’s the No. 1 top local rebounder.
That gave the 24-year-old Fajardo a 31.71 SP average, just .4 point ahead of teammate and reigning MVP Arwind Santos who normed 14.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocks....
The two teams are coming off an elimination round encounter last Wednesday, which saw the Beermen rally from an 18-point deficit to win and secure the coveted second seed.
“We really struggled shooting,” said San Miguel Beer team consultant Todd Purves.
“I thought we had some great looks early on in the game and I think we missed shots that we normally make. Our guys just hung in there until our shots came.”...
PBA Media Bureau head Willie Marcial said his office has been receiving calls and e-mails trying to confirm the veracity of a report that came out recently announcing that “People’s Champ” Manny Pacquiao will suit up for Columbia Autocar Corporation (Kia), one of the three new teams accepted by the league for the incoming season.
The PBA has no answer for the curious.
“We cannot make a confirmation or issue a denial at this point since none of the two parties involved has informed us of this matter,” said Marcial....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||3||0.700|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||4th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||15||6||0.714||Runner-up|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||8||8||0.500||6th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||7th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||6||8||0.429||5th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||3||6||0.333||9th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||14||9||0.609||3rd|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|2010-2011 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|