June Mar Fajardo says SMB out to prove 'magaling kami as a team, not as individuals'
SMB center June Mar Fajardo takes on three Ginebra defenders. Jerome Ascano

JUNE Mar Fajardo reminded everyone that San Miguel Beer’s strength lies on its performance as a unit, that was evident in a 100-82 blowout of Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup.

The SMB superstar delivered as expected in his anticipated matchup against Greg Slaughter, but deflected the spotlight to his teammates, who he said made significant contributions in the lopsided win.

“Collective effort sa teammates ko,” Fajardo said. “Team effort talaga 'yun. Di about sa akin or kay Greg 'yun.”

“Kailangan namin i-prove sa mga team na magaling kami as a team, not as individuals,” added the reigning league MVP, who finished with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting, 14 boards, two steals, and one assist in 40 minutes.

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Arwind Santos shone brightest among Fajardo’s supporting cast as the star forward registered 24 points, six boards, one assist, and one block in 36 minutes.

“Hindi ako naka-focus sa ganung bagay (Fajardo-Slaughter matchup), Kasi alam namin ng team ko na kahit sino pwedeng hugutin at mag-contribute,” said Santos.

“Yung confidence namin sa bawat isa, alam namin na pag naglaro kami ng maayos, kaya naming talunin kahit sinong team,” added the former league MVP. “Marami na rin kaming napatunayan kahit papaano.”

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