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    All eyes on Fajardo-less SMB in Phoenix-organized pocket tourney

    Feb 16, 2020
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascaño

    ALL eyes will be on San Miguel as the Beermen compete in a four-team pocket tournament organized by Phoenix Pulse starting on Monday at The Upper Deck.

    The Beermen open the mini-tilt against NLEX as they continue to prepare for the Philippine Cup without June Mar Fajardo. The five-time MVP will be out for the coming conference after suffering a complete fracture in his right tibia.

    San Miguel will be playing two other teams in Alaska and organizer Phoenix in the pocket tournament.

    Two games will be played each day, with the doubleheader tipping off at 10 a.m.

    So far, the Beermen’s preparations have been going smoothly as they beat Rain or Shine in their first tune-up match without Fajardo.

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