Fajardo allays fatigue concerns, says he volunteered to play late in Game Two
June Mar Fajardo allays fatigue concerns, saying he even volunteered to play in the endgame of Game Two when San Miguel was in the middle of a big comeback. Jerome Ascano

JUNE Mar Fajardo insisted he is hardly overworked despite playing extensive minutes for San Miguel Beer in the first two games of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Rain or Shine.

The SMB superstar and two-time league MVP has averaged 40 minutes two games into the best-of-seven semifinal series, where he has also normed 37 points and 17.5 boards.

While admitting he has felt fatigue, Fajardo is not complaining.

“Napapagod din ako, pero hindi reason yun eh,” he said  after the Beermen lost Game Two, 105-97 on Thursday night. “Ganun talaga, magaling 'yung Rain or Shine eh, lesson learned. Kailangan lang namin mag-bounce back.”

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Fajardo, who shoots a shade below 70 percent from the foul line, made just 12 of his 22 charities for a 54.6-percent clip and missed a couple of crucial free throws towards the end - a result later blamed on fatigue.

Fajardo doesn't agree.

“Puro short eh,” the Cebuano slotman said. “Kala ko mashoo-shoot, pero mintis. Deretso naman yung tira, pero short lang.”

Fajardo stressed he is yet worn out, saying he even talked to SMB coach Leo Austria and volunteered to play in the final minutes when the Beermen were in the middle of a big comeback.

“Hindi,” the 26-year-old big man said. “Ako nga nagsabi kay coach na ipasok ako eh. Kailangan eh.”

“Kanina, kaya pa naman eh, hangga’t may nagagawa ako,” he added. “May pahinga naman kami ng isang araw.”

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