Fit-again June Mar Fajardo hits ground running in return to Gilas training
Coach Tab Baldwin gives instructions to big men Greg Slaughter and June Mar Fajardo, who finally suited up for Gilas in its weekly training session every Monday. Jerome Ascano

JUNE Mar Fajardo hit the ground running as he returned to Gilas Pilipinas practice on Monday night.

After being a mere spectator the past two weeks, the recovering San Miguel Beer superstar finally joined the drills and play simulations, and found out practice turned a notch up compared to when he last took part more than two months ago.

“Same lang dati (ang ginagawa), pero mas intense lang yung practice…kasi malalaki yung kalaban namin tapos mabibilis din,” Fajardo said.

The national team is preparing for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in July here in Manila where it is bracketed with cage powers France and New Zealand, and grouped with Canada, Senegal, and Turkey.

Fajardo, still recovering fromthe knee injury he suffered during the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup, admitted he expected he would slowly work his way back into the system, only to find himself having to keep in step with his in-form national teammates.

“Medyo (nabigla ako), pero okay lang kasi nagpa-practice rin naman ako sa San Miguel,” the reigning PBA MVP said. “May takbuhan rin dun.”

“Maganda naman tinakbo ng practice namin sa Gilas,” he added.

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