JUNE Mar Fajardo hit a three-pointer in San Miguel’s dominating win over NLEX, but don’t expect the five-time PBA MVP to be taking more shots from beyond the arc from here on.
Fajardo converted his first three-pointer of the season to give the Beermen a commanding 28-4 lead, but the 6-10 center said he took the attempt out of necessity as the shotclock was winding down.
“Dying seconds, kailangan kong itira. Buti pumasok. Tsamba,” said Fajardo, who only converted two three-pointers in his career prior to that made basket on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old Fajardo has actually been working on his three-point shots in practice but rarely uses it in games.
“Tumitira din ako sa practice pero siyempre nasa loob pa rin ‘yung laro ko eh. Minsan minsan. Kanina nagkataon lang,” Fajardo said.
The rare three-pointer should come as a welcome sight for national coach Yeng Guiao, who likes his big men to be able to hit the three-point shot. Guiao, incidentally, coached NLEX in the 121-111 loss to SMB.
However, Fajardo said San Miguel coach Leo Austria has told him not to “fall in love” with taking the three-point shot despite his improved proficiency.
“Wala. Nagkataon lang talaga. Pero kapag siyempre bakante ako tapos malaki lamang namin, nagte-tres ako. Dito sa PBA, hindi ‘yun ‘yung laro ko eh. Sabi nga ni coach, wag main-love sa tres dahil hindi ‘yun laro ko.
“Paubaya ko na kila Marcio [Lassiter] at sa mga shooters namin,” Fajardo said.
Fajardo though is not totally discounting the possibility of taking another three-point attempt.
“Depende. Kung bakante, why not. Pero pa-minsan minsan lang,” said Fajardo.