JUNE Mar Fajardo slightly got the better end of his match-up against rival Greg Slaughter on Friday night.
Yet on any given day, he’ll take the victory over personal glory.
“Ok lang sa akin yung ma-outscore ako ni Greg basta panalo kami. Ang importante yung panalo,” said the 6-foot-11 Fajardo moments after San Miguel lost Game One of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Slaughter and Barangay Ginebra.
Fajardo had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds against Slaughter’s 11 and seven.
But the Kings came away with a smashing 28-point victory to the surprise of the huge 11,883 crowd inside the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
It was the most lopsided series opener of a finals since San Miguel routed Alaska, 108-78, in the 2015 Governors Cup, according to league resident statistician Fidel Mangonon III.
“Maganda yung nilaro ng team nila (ngayon),” Fajardo pointed out.
Slaughter also had two assists and three block shots, including one against Fajardo, who committed four turnovers, the most for San Miguel
“Wala yun. Normal lang yun,” he said about Slaughter smothering his shot.
“Sabi ko nga hindi naman ito one-on-one e, five-on-five yan,” said the only player in the league to win the MVP award four straight seasons.
Fajardo vows a San Miguel bounce back in Sunday’s Game Two also at the Big Dome, but believes the defending champion needs to stop the Kings off their tracks.
“Ang laki ng na-score nila, so siguro yun (defense) dapat ang –adjust namin,” the Cebuano native added.