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    Despite individual dominance, June Mar Fajardo asking SMB teammates to step up

    Nov 19, 2014

    JUNE Mar Fajardo may be getting all the media attention with his solid performance this season, but the reserved San Miguel Beer big man emphasized that basketball remains a five-man game.

    “Kailangan naming mag-work as a team. Kasi di naman puwede na isang tao lang amg gagawa, pati sa bench kailangan mag-contribute din, so sana, sa next game mag-step up din yung iba,” the 6-10 reigning league Most Valuable Player said, shortly after powering the Beermen to a 90-74 ripping of KIA Sorento on Wednesday.

    The former University of Cebu standout proved unstoppable in the paint, toying around the shorter frontline of KIA to finish with a new PBA career-high of 36 points, on 13-of-15 shooting, along with 17 rebounds.

    The victory was San Miguel’s third straight, but more importantly allowed the Beermen to gain a share of the leadership with Alaska, which, earlier in the day, suffered its first loss after bowing to Barako Bull Energy, 85-78, snapping the Aces’ six-game winning streak in the process.

    Fajardo hopes the team remains healthy, particularly in the wing position, since the constant outside threat provided by Marcio Lassiter, Chris Lutz and rookie Ronald Pascual prevents opposing teams to double-team him.

    “Isa rin yun sa parte ng development ng team, yung healthy ang lahat,” said the Cebuano big man, who is turning 25 next week.

    San Miguel will take a six-day break, before swinging back to action against dangerous GlobalPort next Tuesday.

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