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    Fajardo admits Smith a big problem for SMB: 'Sobrang laki niya, mabigat talaga'

    Jun 21, 2017
    SMB star June Mar Fajardo goes toe to toe with TNT import Joshua Smith. Jaime Campos

    JUNE Mar Fajardo did everything he could to contain Joshua Smith, but the hulking import still delivered the game-winner in TNT KaTropa's 104-102 win over San Miguel in Game 1 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals on Wednesday night.

    Although playing on one good foot, the 25-year-old TNT reinforcement managed to take over on a broken play and launch a gentle hook shot against Fajardo that trickled in with 1.6 seconds left.

    "Wala e napasok niya, para sa kanila talaga yung game," said Fajardo, a feeling of resignation in his voice at the end of a thrilling opener to the best-of-seven championship series.

    [See Smith delivers game-winner for TNT while playing on one good foot]

    Asked if guarding Smith was one of the biggest challenges he has ever faced, the Cebuano giant agreed, saying he really had a tough time going up against the 6-10, 330-lb. TNT slotman.

    "Sobrang laki niya, mabigat talaga," he said of Smith, who still came up wioth 21 points and nine rebounds despite hobbling with a toe injury on his right foot.

    Fajardo, however, is not one to back down from the challenge, vowing to be well-prepared for Smith come Game 2 on Friday, although he was quick to add that he would need the help of his teammates.

    "Magaling din yung hook shot niya e. So kailangan talaga mag-adjust kung pano sya i-stop," said the soft-spoken Fajardo, who finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds.

    "Siguro i-double team namin siya. Siguro magpo-provide ng help pero tignan natin ano gusto ni coach (Leo Austria)."

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