San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo showed to everybody why he is the leading MVP candidate in their pulsating victory over Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters which enabled the Beermen from avoiding a 0-2 hole.
But still the University of Cebu standout reiterated that his ultimate desire is to win a championship with San Miguel and not to get any individual awards.
“Mas gusto ko mag-champion kesa individual award kasi sa championship, masaya lahat,” said the 6-foot-10 San Miguel big man.
Fajardo is coming off the most impressive game of his short PBA career as he registered a career-high 28 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in leading the Beermen to a 97-92 victory over Rain or Shine on Friday night in the PLDT Home Telpad Governors’ Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
But the Pinamungajan, Cebu native felt winning a first-ever MVP trophy in the pro league wouldn’t be fruitful if he’s the only one who would be happy.
“Aanhin ko ang individual awards kung ako lang ang masaya?” he said.
Fajardo had expressed that the Beermen are focusing on team game and not for individual performance and intends to do everything he can every game day to help San Miguel make it to the Playoffs and would not stumble again in a bid to make a return trip to the Finals this conference.
“Mas gusto ko maging team player kesa individual player. Sa akin, basta gagawin ko lahat matulungan ko lang ang team ko,” he added.
Fajardo had vowed that he would be more aggressive this conference and will be taking the ball strong to the hoop, instead of faking off his defender from 10-feet and taking a jump shot.
“Sabi kasi nila coach dapat pagpasok ko sa loob, huwag na mag-jump shot. So iyun lang ang ginagawa ko,” noted Fajardo, referring to his strong inside plays.
However that celebration will be short-lived for the Beermen as they will face another acid test when they collide with sister-team and grand slam-seeking San Mig Super Coffee Mixers on Sunday at the Mall of Asian Arena in preview of last season’s epic Governors Cup Finals battle.
Expect Fajardo to lead the the team once again as he face Gilas teammate and San Mig's heart-and-soul in Marc Pingris in a battle of the future of the PBA and the veteran smart of the league.
--- with reports from Spin.ph
June Mar Fajardo's ultimate goal is winning a championship, not MVP award
Reviewed by Jay-R Bayon-on