Rest and recovery for banged-up Fajardo as he braces for physical battle in PBA Finals
Except for a sore calf, San Miguel Beer big man June Mar Fajardo is in full health ahead of the finals. Jaime Campos

JUNE Mar Fajardo was fortunate enough to come out with only minor bruises in San Miguel’s PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series against Talk `N Text.

With physical teams Alaska or Rain or Shine next in the horizon, it is imperative for the 6-foot-10 center to get as much rest and recovery period to be ready for the coming best-of-seven title playoff.

San Miguel’s in-house physical therapist Gerald Tenorio said the extra weeklong break the Beermen earned following their 4-0 sweep of the Tropang Texters in their semis series, serves as a perfect time to treat Fajardo’s calf and muscles as he prepares him for the tougher grind ahead.

“Bugbog siya (Fajardo) sa series, pero malaking bagay talaga yung may rest kami before nung semifinals. So after ng two-day break, ire-release lang natin yung calf niya saka ire-relax yung muscles niya,” Tenorio told when the Beermen resumed practice on Monday.

Fajardo logged an average of 37 minutes of playing during the semis, including 40 in the series-clinching 100-87 win last Friday where he tallied 28 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.

The former University of Cebu stalwart’s dominating performance earned him his second Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award, beating the likes of Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio and Calvin Abueva for the weekly citation.

Despite getting ganged up by the Tropang Texters during the series, Tenorio said Fajardo is willing to forego the New Year festivities this week and continue his regular maintenance workout, along with the team’s scheduled practices – all with the single goal of winning his first-ever league championship.

“Gusto kasi mag-champion nung bata. Wala na nga siyang bukang-bibig kundi 'yung gusto daw kasi niya mag-champion ang team,” added Tenorio, who helps manage the Sante Impact System in Ortigas, where the Beermen have their regular team workout.

“Good thing at wala namang nangyaring masama kay June Mar (in the series). So ngayon, tingnan pa rin namin siya kasi ang plan naman is to have his regular maintenance and strengthening,” explained the San Miguel PT.

“Very supportive naman ang management (of Sante) kaya yung susi iniwan na sa akin para kung gusto niya or ng ibang (San Miguel) players mag-work out (on New Year’s Eve), bubuksan ko lang yung gym.”

The soft-spoken San Miguel therapist hopes Fajardo and the entire team’s hard work would eventually yield an all-Filipino championship, which has eluded the San Miguel franchise for the past 13 years.


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