Jun 05, 2018

The Kraken takes charge

Four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo captured his first PBA Rush-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after helping defending champion San Miguel Beer register its first back-to-back wins for the Commissioner's Cup.

The PBA's most dominant force averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists 1.5 blocks to help SMB beat Phoenix, 106-94, before outlasting Barangay Ginebra, 104-97 in overtime last Sunday.

Playing under the weather last Wednesday, the 6-10 Fajardo was still able to do a little of everything in San Miguel's first victory for the conference after scoring nine points, adding 13 rebounds, issuing 4 assists and 2 blocks against Phoenix.

But four days later, the pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu regained his old, deadly self after banging in 24 points, including the mid-range jumper over Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter that sent the game into overtime.

The 28-year-old Fajardo also added 19 rebounds to completely outplay Slaughter, who failed to get his rhythm as Ginebra absorbed its third straight loss this conference.

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Fajardo beat teammate Arwind Santos, TNT's Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, Rain or Shine slotman Raymond Almazan, Alaska's Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero as well as Meralco's Chris Newsome and Anjo Caram for the weekly citation.

At 2-3, the Beermen hope to get the much-needed momentum going as they face the unpredictable Columbian Dyip this Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.