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Fajardo laments poor shooting as San Miguel bows out of title repeat bid

Delfin Dioquino
Fajardo laments poor shooting as San Miguel bows out of title repeat bid

ELIMINATED. San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo says Bay Area simply caught him on an off night.

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June Mar Fajardo fires blanks and gets limited to just 9 points as San Miguel falls short of forcing a do-or-die game against finals-bound Bay Area

MANILA, Philippines – June Mar Fajardo admitted he fired blanks as San Miguel saw its title-retention bid dashed by Bay Area following a gut-wrenching 94-92 loss in Game 4 of their best-of-five semifinals on Wednesday, December 21.

The six-time PBA MVP lamented his cold shooting after he missed 11 of his 15 field goals for a dismal 27% clip to finish with a conference-low-tying 9 points.

“I had a bad game. I missed too many shots,” said Fajardo. “It is what it is. There are just times when you have an off game.”

Although Fajardo made up for his shooting woes by pulling down 16 rebounds and dishing out 2 assists, he missed out on a chance to send the game to overtime.

With the Beermen trailing by just a single possession, Fajardo grabbed the offensive rebound off a CJ Perez three-point miss but muffed the potential game-tying bank shot before time expired.

It was an uncharacteristically subpar performance from Fajardo, who frolicked inside the paint in the first three games of the semifinals with averages of 22.3 points on 61% shooting along with 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.7 blocks.

But Fajardo said the Dragons simply caught him on a poor night.

“They did everything the same. I just missed my shots. I had open looks but I missed them,” Fajardo said.

While the 6-foot-10 big man used to dominate opponents, his size and heft advantage got taken away against Bay Area, which features a towering lineup that includes 7-foot-5 center Liu Chuanxing and 6-foot-10 former NBA player Andrew Nicholson.

Fajardo said he needs to work on spreading the floor when going up against bigger foes.

“I need to improve my perimeter game because I cannot just overpower them because they’re also big.”

After a well-deserved holiday break, Fajardo and San Miguel will turn their focus on the Governors’ Cup in January.

“I hope we’re healthy next conference. We’re capable of bouncing back,” Fajardo said. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.