JUNE Mar Fajardo is pleased to see others are beginning to step up for San Miguel Beer. Suddenly, the Beermen are more dangerous with the team no longer heavily relying on the three-time MVP.
Fajardo once again deferred to his teammates as the Beermen booked a sixth straight semifinals appearance on Tuesday night by eliminating Phoenix, 115-96, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Cebuano big man didn’t need to log heavy minutes and put up big numbers to pull off the runaway win as Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot took care of business on the offensive end. Lassiter shot five three-pointers to finish with a game-high 26 points, while Cabagnot finished with an all-around game of 20 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
In its last outing in the eliminations, it was Chris Ross who starred in the team’s 112-101 rout of Globalport to clinch the no. 2 seed heading to the playoffs.
The effort was more than enough to bring a smile on Fajardo’s face.
“Ngayon maganda ang nilaro ni Alex, and then minsan maganda naman ang nilaro ni Chris Ross,” the Cebuano big man noted.
Proof that San Miguel has now evolved into more than just Fajardo's team, Cabagnot emerged as the surprise leader in the race for the Best Player of the Conference, an award the fourth-year center has won five times in the past.
Fajardo is also in top contention for the award as he is running fourth in the race, although he’ll be happy to see the 34-year-old San Miguel Beer guard win his first ever BPC title.
“Kung ano yung achievement ng iba, achievement ko rin yun at ng team,” he said.
The Beermen will be meeting the winner of Star-Rain or Shine quarterfinals series in the Final Four.