IT’S simply tough to dominate when you don’t have the ball.
June Mar Fajardo hardly touched the ball in San Miguel Beer’s loss to Ginebra in Game Three of their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series on Friday night.
The Beermen failed to exploit their biggest advantage as Fajardo was limited to just four attempts from the field for a measly 11 points as the two-time reigning MVP scored almost half of his points from the charity stripe where he made all but one of his six tries.
Asked if he needs to have more touches in Game Four on Sunday night when the Beermen try to even the best-of-five series at two games apiece, the gentle giant was hesitant in agreeing.
“Siguro,” was all Fajardo said before changing the subject as import Elijah Millsap took most of the attempts with 26, while Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot had 17 and 13 shots, respectively.
Fajardo’s foul trouble also proved to be a factor to his limited touches as the SMB superstar picked up his second foul with still over six minutes left in the first period and moved on the brink of fouling out with still over two minutes left in the third quarter.
“Mahirap kasi early foul trouble agad ako,” said Fajardo, who still finished with 12 boards, three assists, and one block in 29 minutes.
Fajardo, though, stressed that SMB’s main problem is their endgame miscues.
“Yun na nga, masyado naming minadali tira namin,” Fajardo said. “And dami naming lapses, so kailangan mag-mature kasi veteran team na kami.”
One shot the Beermen hurriedly took was Arwind Santos’ close-range stab in transition with over 21 seconds left in a play where they could’ve settled down and wasted some time.