June Mar Fajardo shows off dribbling skills, wide range in free-wheeling All-Star game
South center June Mar Fajardo dribbles around Mark Caguioa. Jaime Campos

JUNE Mar Fajardo wowed everyone inside the Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the 2016 PBA All-Star game with a move fans wouldn't have a chance to see from him in an official game.

In a free-wheeling opening quarter, Fajardo breezed through Mark Caguioa in a transition play with a behind-the-back and put the finishing touches to the graceful sequence with a layup. 

The 6-foot-10 giant, who bannered the South All-Stars that bowed to a North squad led by San Miguel teammate Alex Cabagnot, said it was something he occasionally does in practice.

"June Mar Fajardo yun," said Fajardo in jest when asked from who did he copy the move.  "Ginagawa ko sa practice yun e. Pero nakita na ika-cut ako ni Mark kaya ginawa ko yun."

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The reigning back-to-back MVP also showed off an improving range on his jumper by making a three-pointer, just as he vowed, in the third quarter to tie the count at 111-all.

South team coach Leo Austria of San Miguel was the least surprised to see Fajardo make one from beyond the arc. 

"Meron talaga siyang touch sa three-point area," said AUstria.

But is he allowed to do that in an actual game?

"Pagdating sa official game, samin mas maraming magaling sa kanya tumira like sila Marcio (Lassiter). Siya yung mas magaling rumebound that's why I advise him to stay in the shaded area," he said. 

"But you can never know, sometimes if the time is winding down and nobody wants to take the shot, pwede rin sya," added Austria. 

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