BATTERED and bruised, rookie June Mar Fajardo is set to enjoy the sanctuary of his home in Pinamungahan, Cebu as the perfect place to recuperate from injuries and rest his worn out body following back-to-back losses by Petron in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The 6-foot-10 center left for the Queen City of the South early morning of Maundy Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Boosters’ 84-92 loss to league-leader Alaska Aces at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Fajardo finished the game with 10 points, including eight in the second half, to go along with five rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes of play.
But the Boosters fell flat against the Aces in the first meeting between the two ballclubs since the infamous `Renald Balkman incident.
Following the game, Fajardo walked with an obvious limp following a hard fall he suffered during the third period while going for a dunk against the Alaska pair of Samigue Eman and import Robert Dozier.
Last year’s no. 1 overall pick stayed on the floor for nearly a minute before he slowly got up and split his two free throws.
He later said having felt some pain in the same area of his back.
“Sabado ko papa-xray ang likod ko pagbalik ko galing Cebu. Papahinga lang muna. Siyempre, di ito (injury) bine-baby,” said the 23-year-old former University of Cebu star big man.
Fajardo is just hoping the back pain won’t be as serious considering he is coming off an injury-riddled stint in the season-opening Philippine Cup.
The Petron center missed about six games during the All-Filipino conference after undergoing surgery for a groin injury after getting accidentally hit by San Mig forward Marc Pingris.
Fajardo is averaging 10.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in 21.6 minutes of playing time this conference.