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    Fajardo's monster double-double propels resurgent San Miguel past Columbian

    Jun 6, 2018
    June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel scores off Columbian import John Felds. Marlo Cueto

    SAN Miguel continued its resurgence on Wednesday night, claiming a third straight win at the expense of Columbian, 129-117, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

    June Mar Fajardo had 37 points and 20 rebounds for the reigning champions Beermen, who evened their record to 3-3 (win-loss) to make up for a horror start to the midseason conference.

    Columbian slumped to its third straight loss to fall to 3-5, but earned a measure of respect for keeping the game close against the powerhouse Beermen for three quarters.

    Renaldo Balkman had 27 points and 18 rebounds while Alex Cabagnot completed a triple-double, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Beermen.

    “Every time we are facing Kia (Columbian’s former name), I’m really worried because we have a history with this team,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria. “Even during the eliminations or tune-up games, hirap na hirap kami dito.”

    This win also didn't come easy as the Beermen even trailed by three, 86-83, in the third period. But San Miguel ended the quarter with a 14-3 run to wrest control for good, 97-89.

    San Miguel played without the injured Christian Standhardinger, who the Beermen selected when they traded for the No. 1 pick in last year’s PBA draft from the Columbian franchise.

    Fajardo's scoring output was the fourth-best on his career, according to PBA statistics head Fidel Mangonon III.

    Rashawn McCarthy and Reden Celda had 19 points each while John Fields finished with 19 in a game where he figured in a verbal spat with San Miguel’s Chris Ross during the third quarter.

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    The scores:

    San Miguel 129 – Fajardo 37, Balkman 27, Cabagnot 20, Santos 18, Ross 10, Lassiter 6, Mamaril 6, Pessumal 5, Ganuelas-Rosser 0, Lanete 0

    Columbian 117 – McCarthy 19, Fields 19, Celda 19, Ababou 14, Lastimosa 13, Camson 12, Khobuntin 9, Tubid 6, Escoto 6, Corpuz 0, Cabrera 0, King 0, Cahilig 0.

    Quarters: 31-33; 69-55; 97-89; 129-117.

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