Former Nets big man Josh Boone will still have a game to prove for San Miguel Beermen that he is the import that will suit up in their system.
However, the Beermen might miss the service of reigning Best Player of the Conference June Mar Fajardo for San Miguel Beer's marquee Sunday match against Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Kraken vs. Gregzilla
The much-awaited battle between Ginebra rookie Greg Slaughter and former Cebu rival Fajardo will have to wait a little longer as the Beermen sophomore big man's left ankle remains swollen on Saturday, according to SMB head coach Biboy Ravanes.
Ravanes disclosed that the 6-10 Fajardo woke up on Saturday with a left ankle he sprained in practice on Sunday still badly swollen.
"May bad news nga eh, kasi maga pa rin 'yung paa ni June Mar," Ravanes toldSpin.phafter the team's practice on Saturday at the Reyes gym. "Kahapon (Friday) medyo okay na pero pag-gising niya nung umaga, namaga na naman kaya doubtful pa rin siya."
Game time is at 5:15 p.m.
Slaughter and Fajardo figured in numerous memorable battles during their time with University of Visayas and the University of Cebu, respectively, in the Cesafi, the top collegiate league in Cebu.
Fajardo's PBA showdown with Slaughter was supposed to be one of the highlights during the Philippine Cup. But the 24-year-old pride of Cebu failed to play in the team's Christmas Day match against Ginebra after hurting his knee, also in practice.
Even if Fajardo gets the green light to play on Sunday, Slaughter, the leading Rookie of the Year candidate after the Philippine Cup, tried to play down their matchup.
"They (Beermen) are always a powerful team loaded in every position. But we'll just go to pratice and be prepared," said Slaughter, who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds in Ginebra's 108-104 overtime win over Barako Bull Friday.
"I mean it's always nice playing against top teams, but whatever comes on Sunday, so be it."
Boone, who is set to be replaced by NBA D-League veteran Kevin Jones, is expected to play once more for the Beermen, who need big games from backup big man Doug Kramer and Yousef Taha to be competitive against Ginebra's Twin Towers.
"May Japeth (Aguilar) at Greg (Slaughter) sila (Gin Kings) kaya mahirap ang laban. Pero maglalaro pa rin si Josh. He's still under evaluation," added Ravanes.
The 6-9 Boone, who played four seasons for the New Jersey Nets a few years back, debuted with 16 points and 16 rebounds in San Miguel's easy 94-76 whipping of Meralco but was clearly outplayed by Meralco's import Brian Butch, who wound up with 29 points and 21 rebounds.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
San Miguel import Josh Boone given one last chance; Fajardo vs. Slaughter might not happen again on Sunday
Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on