JUNE Mar Fajardo has one more achievement to celebrate during the holidays.
After an outstanding two games that helped San Miguel Beer complete a sweep of Talk 'N Text in their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series, the 6-foot-10 Cebuano earned his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation for the period covering December 23 to 28.
Fajardo averaged 23 points, 12.5 points and 3.5 assists in the last two games of a 4-0 sweep of Talk 'N Text to beat out the Alaska duo of Calvin Abueva and Cyrus Baguio for the weekly citation.
Ironically, Fajardo and Abueva are also locked in a heated race for the Best Player of the Conference award.
The big man out of the University of Cebu dropped 18 points and nine rebounds while getting the much-needed lift from teammates Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot in the endgame as the Beermen squeaked past the Tropang Texters, 96-95 last December 23 to seize a 3-0 bulge.
After a three-day respite, a fresher Fajardo emerged strong from the get-go, outmuscling the Tropang Texters all game-long to finish with 28 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two blocks as the Beermen clinched the series with a 100-87 victory.
Fajardo was hardly in the mood to celebrate the sweep, saying he is focused on winning the SMB franchise's first all-Filipino championship since 2001 - and first PBA title of his career.
“Basta taasan lang namin yung intensity, saka gagalingan pa namin kasi walang madali. Lahat mahirap,” said the Gilas Pilipinas mainstay.
The 25-year-old center from Pinamungahan, Cebu has resumed practice with the Beermen after a brief break as they await the winner of the other semifinal series between Alaska and Rain or Shine.