JUNE Mar Fajardo has a lot to be happy about on Friday night: the San Miguel Beer slotman extraordinaire is in line for a second PBA championship and is a cinch for another MVP award.
But the Cebuano big man is in no mood to celebrate.
Fajardo is keeping his eyes on the ball after a 108-78 thrashing of Alaska put the Beermen within three wins of the Governors Cup championship to add to the Philippine Cup title they won earlier in the year.
The 6-10 slotman, who had 18 points and 17 rebounds in the blowout win, is also taking his mind away from the MVP derby where he stands to become the first player in more than a decade to win the league's highest individual honor for two seasons in a row.
“'Di pumasok sa isip ko ‘yun, hindi nag-cross ... ah nag-cross rin pala, pero focused kami sa championship,” said Fajardo, who is set to mirror the MVP double feat last achieved by mentor Danny Ildefonso in 2000 and 2001.
“Before mag-start ‘yung conference na ‘to, focused na kami sa championship,” he added.
Neither is he lowering his guard against Alaska, which has earned the distinction as a 'comeback king' with their numerous come-from-behind victories in the conference.
“Ito na, Finals last push na,” he said. “’Di kami dapat maging kampante kahit 30 points o one point (ang lamang). Same lang ‘yan, kayang bumawi ng Alaska.”