Banged-up Fajardo says it's no time to complain: 'Ayaw pa naming magbakasyon'
June Mar Fajardo, who suffered a cut above his eye following an accidental hit from SMB teammate Elijah Millsap in Game Three, suffered another unintentional blow to the cheeks in Game Four from Ginebra's Joe Devance. Jaime Campos

GETTING hit in the face seems to bring good luck to June Mar Fajardo and San Miguel Beer in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal series against Ginebra.

After sustaining a cut above his right eye following friendly fire involving SMB import Elijah Millsap in Game Two, which the Beermen won, 95-92, the SMB superstar was hit anew in Game Four, this time on his cheeks by Joe Devance.

But the accidental hit during a battle for the loose ball was worth as it as the Beermen rolled to a 101-72 victory on Sunday night to send the best-of-five series to a deciding game.

“Okay na mata ko,” Fajardo said when asked about his one-inch cut that needed stitching.

The pain on his cheeks was more bearable as the reigning MVP registered 17 points on 15 attempts and 16 boards in 34 minutes as the Beermen kept their title-retention bid alive.

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Apart from showing a sense of urgency with their season on the line, Fajardo felt the Beermen showed more maturity than in their 97-96 loss in Game Three.

“Nagse-set kami ng plays, ‘di namin pinapabayaan (yung lamang),” Fajardo said after their Game Four win. “’Di kami pwede makipagsabayan sa takbuhan, kailangan walang advantage.”

And that’s what the Gilas Pilipinas slotman hopes the Beermen will sustain in Game Five on Tuesday for them to clinch another finals appearance.

“Kailangan talaga manalo,” Fajardo said. “Ayaw pa naming magbakasyon.”

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