Pinamungahan’s June Mar Fajardo capped a banner year at the Philippine Basketball Association by getting multiple awards and a PBA title in the same day. The last day of the 2014-15 PBA season belonged to Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen. The Beermen brought the brooms at the Smart Araneta Coliseum by beating the Alaska 91-81 en route to 4-0 sweep of their best of 7 2014-2015 Governor’s Cup Finals. Continue reading
Finally the MVP has a PBA title. June Mar Fajardo can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the wait for his first PBA title is over as the San Miguel Beermen held on to beat a relentless Alaska Aces in an epic Game 7 of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup, 80-78.
San Miguel started strong as they dominated the first half with a 48-27 lead. Fajardo already had 15 points and 12 rebounds after the first 24 minutes of play. Alaska led by “The Beast” Calvin Abueva came out on fire from the dugout as they trimmed the lead to 13 in the first 4 minutes of play in the 3rd period. Alaska could have trimmed the lead more if they made their bonus free throws. The combination of Abueva and Exciminiano wrecked havoc but Santos has been steady for San Miguel to break the 10-2 run . Thoss was so effective in the 3rd period as he scored 7 points early in the penultimate period. Alaska trimmed the lead to just 11 after 5 minutes. Alaska breached the 10 point barrier in the 4 minute mark of the 3rd period as Alaska cut the deficit to 8. Alaska continued its furious rally but San Miguel survived the 3rd with a 3 point lead, 62-59.
The 4th quarter was intense as well. Alaska was able to grab the lead as they were more organised team. Exciminiano and Abueva continued their mean streak to lead the Alaska surge. The lead of Alaska even ballooned to 6 at 74-68 with 4:25 left. Lutz, Fajardo and Santos led a rally to take a 1 point lead at 79-78 capped by a momentum-breaking 3 point shot by Arwind Santos. Alaska’s next possession was unsuccessful. Jvee Casio fouled Santos in the next possession but Santos made only one free throw to give the Beermen an 80-78 lead. Abueva missed twice from close range in the next possession but Ronald Tubid made a boo-boo by calling a timeout after a rebound when San Miguel had ran out of timeouts. Unfortunately, Dondo Hontiveros missed the technical free throw barely 6 seconds left. San Miguel had a hard time inbounding and the ball ended up with Fajardo but a jump ball was called between him and Abueva with 2.8 seconds left. Abueva won the jump as the ball went to Thoss who passed to Casio who missed the final shot for the win. It was a classic ending to classic series that have to be decided in the final seconds.
Arwind Santos was adjudged the best player of Game 7 with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was also voted as the Finals MVP by the PBA Press Corps. It was an amazing game as Alaska has shown their unbelievable comeback ability. They deserved to win a title but San Miguel was just able to execute in the final seconds. The Aces will definitely be a team to watch this season. The Beermen now will have a chance to duplicate their sister team’s exploits last year. The Beermen have a very formidable line-up and they have the strongest starting five in the league. They also got a winner coach finally in Leo Austria. There is a big chance that SMB will once again dominate the league after years of fruitless campaigns.
San Miguel 62 Alaska 59
San Miguel had a 21 point lead after the first half. It took Alaska just one quarter to wipe that lead off. Fajardo who had 15 points in the first half was held to 2 points in 12 minutes of play. Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss set the tone for the Aces. The Aces set the tempo for the 12 minutes with multiple steals, foul drawing drives, and one plays, and long shots. It was all Alaska and Coach Alex Compton have made wonderful adjustments once again. Alaska scored 32 points to San Miguel’s 14. The Aces more than doubled their first half score. Let’s see if the Aces can keep up the energy and pull an exciting come from behind victory.
San Miguel 21 Alaska 12
Alaska started with an unusual 3 guard combinations with Banchero, Casio, and Baguio. San Miguel has their usual starting 5. Calvin Abueva was not in the starting 5. Alaska is trying goad San Miguel to rely on outside shots. It was effective in the first part of the game but eventually Alex Cabagnot then Arwind Santos hit 3 point shots. Arwind Santos dominated the scoring as he made several 3-pointers owing to the space given to the Beermen outside shooters by the Aces defenders. Calvin Abueva entered in the middle of the quarter and he immediately had an impact. He scored, assisted, rebounded and stole the ball. The first quarter was intense but in the end it was won by the San Miguel Beermen with its outside sniping. Santos made a trio of 3 pointers in the quarter which is equal to San Miguel’s lead.
June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos dominated in both ends to propel San Miguel Beer to a 3-2 lead over the Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, 93-88. The two former PBA MVPs combined for 38 points, 22 rebounds, and an astonishing10 blocked shots.
The game was one of the most tight and intense in this soon to be classic series as the teams ended up tied at the end of each of the middle quarters. Alaska took its last lead at 79-78 after Calvin “The Beast” Abueva completed a three point play. The Beermen responded with a run that gave them a 7 point lead at 86-79. Cyrus Baguio , who had his best game this series, scored a triple to trim the lead to just 4 but Marcio Lassiter fired back with a trifecta in the next possession to give San Miguel some cushion. Alaska still had several chances as Abueva turned on his beast mode which included two baskets but also a silly offensive foul. Abueva’s effort though trimmed the lead to 3 at 89-86. Alaska fouled Santos who made two pressure packed free throws to make it a two-possession game. Alaska failed to make some 3-point shots in the end game and San Miguel went on to take a pivotal 3-2 lead in the best of seven series.
Aside from the 2 MVPs, San Miguel got a good game from Lassiter who got 16 points. Big men Doug Kramer and rookie David Semerad were able to give Santos and Fajardo a breather by contributing 9 points a piece. Alaska was once again lead by Calvin Abueva who had 24 points, 12 boards, and 3 assists. Baguio had 19 points and Vic Manuel finished with 13 in the losing effort.
Notes: Jvee Casio was held scoreless in Game 5, it is his second straight scoreless game in the series; Dondon Hontiveros became the 5th PBA player to have 1000 career triples. Hontiveros also surpassed fellow Cebuano Al Solis into 4th place in the all time 3-point field goals made.
San Miguel 93 – Santos 19, Fajardo 19, Lassiter 16, Kramer 9, Semerad 9, Tubid 8, Cabagnot 7, Lutz 4, Ross 2, Omolon 0, Pascual 0, Fortuna 0, Maierhofer 0, Chua 0.
Alaska 88 – Abueva 24, Baguio 19, Manuel 13, Thoss 11, Hontiveros 9, Jazul 9, Menk 2, Eman 1, Banchero 0, Casio 0, Dela Cruz 0, Exciminiano 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.
Quarterscores: 21-23, 41-41, 71-71, 93-88
Former UC Webmasters big man June Mar Fajardo captured the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) Award of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup. The reigning MVP beat out Alaska Aces’ Calvin Abueva, SMB teammates Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot, and Former UV/Ateneo Center Greg Slaughter of Ginebra. The award is the second straight Philippine Cup BPC for Fajardo.
Fajardo is currently averaging 18.3 points per game, 12.5 rebounds per game, and 2.0 blocks per game. He led the San Miguel Beermen to a Finals appearance against the Alaska Aces. The series is currently at 2-2 after San Miguel’s emphatic victory last night.
|BPC Top 5||Points|
|June Mar Fajardo||1141|
Fajardo’s dominance in statistical points has given him a good cushion over his rivals for the award. Calvin Abueva placed second as his game improved leaps in his third season. Abueva has been SMB’s biggest thorn in the finals and many fans believe that he is the best player in the PBA right now. Former MVP Arwind Santos placed a distant third but he has been showing the Filipino basketball fans that he is still one of the best in the country especially in the Finals series. Sophomore Greg Slaughter will be a perennial contender of these awards in the coming years owing to his size and continuous improvement. Alex Cabagnot got the bulk of his points while playing for Globalport before he got traded back to SMB late in the conference. Cabagnot has a lackluster finals so far but he got a breakout game in last night’s Game 4 victory.
|Top 2 Comparison||Stats||Media||Players||PBA||Total|
|June Mar Fajardo||480||515||71||75||1141|
In 2013, No. 1 pick June Mar Fajardo was beaten by No.2 pick Calvin Abueva for the Rookie the Year award. Fajardo bounced back last year by winning the league MVP. In the Philippine Cup, the two were head and shoulders above the other PBA players. Fajardo leads the league in scoring while placing second to Abueva in rebounding even though they have an obvious height disparity. The Cebuano center was able to get an 82 point lead against the Aces’ main man in statistical points. Media votes was almost unanimous as Fajardo got 38 first place votes over Abueva’s 1. The player’s votes went to Fajardo as well but Abueva got 150 points from the PBA while Fajardo got only 75. In the end, the lead in media and stats were enough to propel June Mar Fajardo to receive the Best Player of the 2015 Philippine Cup award.
The award means that Fajardo is the pacesetter for the 2015 MVP award. Fajardo, Abueva, Santos, and Cabagnot are still in the running for the Finals MVP award. This championship is very important for Fajardo and San Miguel since the decorated franchise has not won a title since they drafted June Mar Fajardo in 2012. Abueva has already won a title in his rookie season.
The Petron Blaze Boosters got a big consolation from a very disappointing year as they are set to pick this year’s No.1 and No.3 overall in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft. The final 2 spots were decided at half-time of Game 1 of the 2012 Governor’s Cup Finals between Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and B-Meg Llamados. Actually, the winner of the lottery was Air 21 but apparently the rights for their first round pick in this year’s draft was acquired by Petron in a previous trade. Set to pick 2nd is the Alaska Aces.
Many pundits are now waiting for the next move of the big man from Pinamungahan, Cebu Junmar Fajardo. The former star of the University of Cebu Webmasters told reporters a month ago that he will only enter the draft if Petron gets the No.1 pick this year. Well, his prayers were answered last Sunday. After a year of seasoning in the ABL playing for the San Miguel Beermen that finished runners-up in their inaugural season, Fajardo could be another key player for the Petron team that did not get finals slot in all 3 conferences this year despite of its star-studded line-up. Fajardo’s ceiling is quiet high and he could be the next dominant big man in the PBA but some quarters also feel that he could just be a shade better than Samigue Eman if he falls to the wrong team.
The 2012 Annual Rookie Draft will be held at the Robinsons Midtown Mall in Manila on August 19.
Here is the 2012 PBA draft order:
1. Air21 Express (to Petron Blaze Boosters)
2. Alaska Aces
3. Barako Bull Energy (to Petron Blaze Boosters)
4. Meralco Bolts
5. Petron Blaze Boosters (to Barako Bull Energy)
6. Powerade Tigers (to Barangay Ginebra Kings)
7. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
8. Barangay Ginebra Kings
9. B-MEG Llamados
10. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (to Powerade Tigers)
1. Air21 Express
2. Alaska Aces
3. Barako Bull Energy
4. Meralco Bolts
5. Petron Blaze Boosters
6. Powerade Tigers
7. Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
8. Barangay Ginebra Kings
9. B-MEG Llamados
10. Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters
Smart Araneta Coliseum – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters routed the Alaska Aces last night , 120-84, in the main game of the Sunday doubleheader of the PBA Philippine Cup. The victory put both teams in the extreme ends of the standings. The Elasto Painters grabbed the league lead after the Petron Blaze Boosters lost to the Meralco Bolts in the opening game. The Aces is now at the cellar along with Shopinas.com. Both teams are winless in 4 games so far.
Among those who excelled in yesterday’s game was former UV Green Lancer J.R. Quinahan. The burly 6-6 F/C scored 19 points, grabbed 8 caroms, dished 4 assists, and made 8 of 10 shots including his lone attempt in the 3-point area. He did all in just 24 minutes of play. Fellow UV alum Ariel Mepana made his pro debut with Alaska. The rugged undersized power forward played only 4 minutes. He grabbed one rebound and missed his lone attempt at the basket and his 2 free throw attempts. Their performances mirrored how their teams played the game. Alaska’s defeat was the most lopsided in recent memory and it is something Coach Joel Banal want to forget. The Aces have not won a single game ever since long-time coach Tim Cone moved to B-Meg Llamados. Former SWU Baby Cobras Cyrus Baguio finished 13 points.
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Ariel Mepaña was drafted as the 5th pick in the 2nd Round by the Alaska Aces. His next challenge would be how to make it into regular line-up of the Aces. Another Cebuano is actually drafted by the Aces in the person of Julius Pasculado. Pasculado is an unknown but made his mark during the pre-draft workouts. The other Alaska draft picks were Mac Baracael and Eric Salamat. Mepana’s teammate at the University of Visayas, Mark Ababon was undrafted.
Here are the draft picks:
2 (Rain or Shine) Paul Lee (UE)
4 (Powerade) Marcio Lassiter (Cal State Fullerton)
5 (Shopinas) Mark Barroca (FEU)
6 (Alaska) Mac Baracael (FEU)
7 (Meralco) Jason Ballesteros (SSC)
8 (Barako Bull) Allain Maliksi (UST)
9 (Ginebra) Reil Cervantes (FEU)
10 (Barako Bull) Dylan Ababou (UST)
1 (Shopinas) Magi Sison (UP)
2 (Talk ‘N Text) Pamboy Raymundo (SSC)
3 (Alaska) Eric Salamat (ADMU)
4 (Alaska) Julius Pasculado (Wilbur Wright)
5 (Alaska) Ariel Mepaña (UV)
6 (BMEG) Brian Ilad (DLSU)
7 (Meralco) Gilbert Bulawan (SSC)
8 (Ginebra) James Martinez (UE)
9 (Barako Bull) Ken Acibar (UE)
10 (Barako Bull) Joseph Sorongon (UP)
11 (Powerade) Marc Agustin (Adamson)
1 (Shopinas) Marc Cagoco (JRU)
2 (Petron) Felimon Fernandez (Orange Coast College)
1 (Petron)Gerald Lapus (Arellano)
- PBA Draft Results and draft day trades (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- 2011 PBA Caloy’s Mock Draft (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- UAAP Season 74: August 25 Results and Stat Leaders (caloysports.wordpress.com)