HE still wears that little bandage above his left eye like a badge of honor.
Indeed, that was one daring move which Globalport wingman Keith Jensen tried to pull off at the expense of San Miguel behemoth and reigning league MVP June Mar Fajardo.
The 27-year-old Fil-Am forward tried dunking on the 6-foot-11 Fajardo during one sequence of the game between the Batang Pier and the Beermen in their Smartbro-PBA Philippine Cup road encounter in Davao City a week ago.
The bold act went awry, however, as an airborne Jensen lost his balance and fell awkwardly, his head bouncing on the wooden floor leaving him with a with cut just above his eyebrow that needed a few stitches to close.
But the 6-foot-4 forward was quick to shake it off.
“I tried to dunk on him (Fajardo). I lost balance on air (and fell). But It’s no big deal,” he said, adding the cut is doing fine.
Jensen’s aggressiveness, though, speaks highly of how assertive the Batang Pier are going to be this season especially after acquiring several pieces to bolster a roster built around the one-two punch of Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
Among the team’s offseason acquisitions are big man Jay Washington, gunner Joseph Yeo, and rookie Roi Sumang, Jonathan Uyloan, Rico Maierhofer, and veteran Dorian Pena.
While the Batang Pier lost to the Beermen in their opening game (97-86), they bounced back strong with a 101-94 demolition of the fancied Star Hotshots in their next outing.
That Globalport got past James Yap and Co. no longer comes as a surprise for Jensen.
“We have a lot of new pieces, we’re finding our way, and as long as we work together we’ll gonna be alright,” he said. “We’re a very strong team right now. As long as we continue to work together and find our flow, we’ll be good.”
Hopefully, Jensen said he’ll be good enough, too, to pull off a dunk against Fajardo as he vowed to keep trying.
“Next time I’m gonna do it,” said the Fil-Am with conviction.