PETRON big man June Mar Fajardo was quick to admit his emotions got the better of him following a highly-physical Game Two of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine on Wednesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Three times the sophomore center lost his cool against his defenders, none more significant than the one against Larry Rodriguez with whom he had a shoving match during the Blaze Boosters’ 94-103 loss that left them in a 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
"Napikon lang ako," said Fajardo in his deep, baritone voice. "Sobrang physical niya kaya biglang uminit 'yung ulo ko, so ayun."
But the soft-spoken native of Cebu asserted the physicality of the game went out of hand especially in the fourth quarter when the Boosters obviously lost focus.
But Fajardo admitted he can’t do anything about the physicality of the game, especially with no less than a berth in the Finals at stake in the series.
And that’s the reason why he always reminds himself to keep his composure especially with the coming games expected to be more intense.
"Part ng game 'yun," he said. "Wala na tayo magagawa doon, nangyari na. Mag-a-adjust na lang kami."
Aside from Rodriguez, Fajardo also had some physical confrontations with rookie Raymund Almazan and Gilas Pilipinas teammate and mentor Beau Belga.
"Dapat maging kalma lang ba, di pwedeng maging mainit `yung ulo kasi mahirap na," he added.
Despite the sorry loss, Fajardo said all is not loss for Petron.
"Kaya pa naman 'yan basta magtutulungan. (Pero) dismayado kasi talo nga," he said. "Pero positive lang kami wala namang imposible."