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    Fajardo eager to cement SMB's place among greatest PBA teams with five-peat

    Apr 30, 2019
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    JUNE Mar Fajardo has already earned his place in the PBA history books with his five straight MVP awards seven Best Player of the Conference trophies, including five in an all-Filipino conference.

    But as decorated as he is in his seven-year PBA career, the desire to continually achieve success never wanes.

    "Syempre gusto pa rin naming manalo ng championship?" he said. Bakit naman ako magsasawa?"

    The historical implications of San Miguel's battle against Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals isn't lost on Fajardo, who feels a five-peat would cement this group's place among the greatest teams in history.

    No team in the 44-year history of the PBA has had such a run of dominance in the league's most prestigious tournament as this batch of Beermen.

    "History ito pag nanalo kami ng five straight. Hindi naman mabe-break agad yun," he said.

    Fajardo, however, was quick to note that nothing's easy at this point and Magnolia will do everything in its power to put an end to San Miguel's dynasty.

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    "Aware naman kami at nire-remind kami lagi nila coach na hindi ganoon kadali manalo sa finals. Hindi naman porket naka-apat na championship na kami, magro-roll over na ang Magnolia. Mas gusto pa nga nila kasi gusto nila kaming i-dethrone eh, kaya kailangan naming ibigay ang best namin," he said.

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    That's why the 29-year-old believes that the Beermen should impose its will starting in Game One on Wednesday.

    "Kung pwede namin ipanalo, may chance kami na makagawa ng history, i-grab na namin kasi itong opportunity na ito, hindi na mababalik eh," he said. "Tumatanda na rin kami, nagkaka-edad na rin, so hindi mo na maibabalik yung opportunity."

    "Gusto ko maging part sa history. Yung career namin sa basketball, hindi naman magtatagal, hindi naman habang buhay. Pero pag may history kami, kahit wala na kami mapaguusapan pa rin, na kasama kami sa conversations na, 'Yung San Miguel, sila June Mar nakagawa sila ng five-peat.'

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    "Kahit wala na kami sa PBA, mababanggit yung pangalan namin at malaking karangalan yun para sa akin."

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