JUNE Mar Fajardo doesn’t mind playing decoy for San Miguel, so long as the Beermen are winning games in their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series against Alaska.
With coach Leo Austria opting to slightly take away the heat from his main scoring man, San Miguel found a way to get back and even the best-of-seven title showdown at 2-2 following an 88-70 rout of the Aces in Wednesday night’s Game Four at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Unlike in the first three games of the series when he averaged 40 minutes of playing time, the 6-foot-10 center from University of Cebu was only used for 27 minutes in Game Four though he still managed to finish with 11 points and 11 rebounds and hike his double-doubles to a tournament-best 15.
Fajardo doesn’t mind the reduced playing time and touches - he only had a total of five shots - saying winning is more important to him.
“More on defense na muna ako (in Game Four). Mabuti na lang nag-step up si Doug (Kramer) kasi yun ang game plan ni coach (Leo Austria) na maging decoy muna ako,” said the 25-year-old Cebuano slotman, who was earlier adjudged as the Best Player of the Conference.
“Saka ko na hahanapin ang game ko. Basta mag-offensive rebounds muna ako saka mag-depensa kasi kapag may bola na ako, nagdo-double na agad sila (Aces) sa akin,” explained Fajardo.
The league’s reigning MVP reiterated winning another individual award feels good, but said he’s more concerned with helping the Beermen win the all-Filipino title.
“Mas masarap yung nanalo kami kasi pag natalo kami ngayon, yung mga mukha siguro namin, di mai-drawing,” he added.