JUNE Mar Fajardo was the hero for Gilas Pilipinas in a breakthrough victory over Senegal in the Fiba World Cup in Spain last year.
Senegalese Hamady N'Diaye turned the tables on him on Wednesday night.
The reigning PBA MVP struggled against the seven-foot N'Diaye as San Miguel Beer suffered another humiliating defeat at the hands of expansion team KIA Motors in the two teams' PBA Governors Cup debut.
Fajardo said N'Diaye hardly played in Gilas' 81-79 win over Senegal but admitted getting bothered by the seven-footer's presence and wide wingspan inside the paint as he finished with just 11 points and eight rebounds.
The 6-10 SMB slotman also shot just 3-of-11 overall and was held scoreless in the last period.
“Nailang din (against N’Diyae), although di naman siya masyado nakalaro nun (in Fiba World), siguro mga ilang minutes din lang, pero nakalaro din 'yun ng NBA eh,” Fajardo said.
Other than his poor shooting, Fajardo also took the blame for committing five of the Beermen’s 24 turnovers, which the Carnival converted into 30 bonus points.
“Marami rin kaming turnovers. Ako naka-five turnovers. Sobrang dami nun, tapos yung fastbreak points nila 15,” the big man out of the University of Cebu pointed out.
Fajardo said the game against KIA did not turn out to be what he expected, but said the Beermen will have to make the necessary adjustments this early.
“Yung frustration nandun, kasi talo nga. Tapos kailangan naming i-run ang mga plays eh. Pero di masyado na-execute ang mga plays, kaya kailangan naming mag-bounce back next game,” he added.