A 30-point San Miguel Beer drubbing spoiled what would have been a grand night for June Mar Fajardo.
Barangay Ginebra ruined the night for Fajardo, who had claimed the Best Player of the Conference award a record seventh time. The Kings blew away reigning PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion San Miguel Beer on Friday night in Game Four of the finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Prior to the match, the 6-foot-11 San Miguel star rewrote his own record as the player to win the most number of BPC awards after topping the race and beating Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Stanley Pringle of Globalport in runaway fashion.
But the celebration turned out to be a short one for the gentle giant as the Kings, led by the hot-shooting and Best Import winner Justin Brownlee, proceeded to demolish the Beermen behind a sizzling start and tie the title series at 2-2.
“Siyempre malungkot, talo kami. Kung nanalo sana kami, e di masaya,” said Fajardo.
The slow start by the 28-year-old Cebuano compounded the Beermen’s woes.
Fajardo only had four points at the half, by which time the Kings already established a 67-52 lead. He did finish with 15 points and 14 rebounds, but finished 6-of-14 from the field.
Fajardo indirectly said the two blowout wins by the Beermen in Game Two and Three caused them to lower their guards a bit.
“Hindi porke’t tinambakan namin sila twice-in-a row, tatambakan namin ulit sila at makukuha namin yung panalo,” he said.
“Lessons learned. Kailangan ng pahinga, then bounced back next game,” he said as he looks forward to Game Five of the best-of-seven title series set on Sunday also at the Big Dome.
Of course, he didn’t fail to mention the entire team from helping him personally to make history anew.
“Blessed ako at sobrang thankful ako na nanalo ako ng BPC. Thankful ako kay God, thankful ako sa mga teammates ko, sa mga coaching staff, sa mga ballboys, lahat credit ko sa kanila yun. Kasi hindi ko naman makukuha yun kung hindi dahil sa kanila,” said Fajardo.
“Pero tapos na yan. Kailangan lang mag regroup at bounce back.”