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.
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 2012 PBA Draft has been concluded and 39 out of 57 applicants were chosen by team in one of the longest drafts in years. The draft lasted up to the sixth round. The first pick over-all for 2012 was University of Cebu ‘s June Mar Fajardo as expected. He will join a very loaded Petron Blaze squad seeking to bounce back from an underwhelming 2011-12 season where they failed capture a title or even make it to the finals in all 3 conferences.
Here are the complete list of players who were drafted:
First Round (Over-all rank)
- Pick 1 (1): June Mar Fajardo (Petron Blaze)
- Pick 2 (2): Calvin Abueva (Alaska Aces)
- Pick 3 (3): Alex Mallari (Petron)
- Pick 4 (4): Cliff Hodge (Meralco)
- Pick 5 (5): Aldrech Ramos (Barako Bull traded to B-Meg)
- Pick 6 (6): Christopher Ellis (Ginebra)
- Pick 7 (7): Chris Tiu (Rain or Shine)
- Pick 8 (8): Charles Jensen (Ginebra)
- Pick 9 (9): Vic Manuel (Global Port via B-Meg with Val Acuna for Sean Anthony)
- Pick 10 (10): Jason Deutchman (Global Port)
- Pick 1 (11): Yousef Taha (Air 21)
- Pick 2 (12): Dave Marcelo (Barako Bull via B-Meg with Sean Anthony for Aldrech Ramos)
- Pick 3 (13): Jewel Ponferada (B-Meg)
- Pick 4 (14): Alfred Mandani (Global Port)
- Pick 5 (15): Lester Alvarez (Barako Bull)
- Pick 6 (16): Eman Monfort (Barako Bull)
- Pick 7 (17): Kelly Nabong (Meralco via Rain or Shine for 2015 2nd round pick)
- Pick 8 (18): Woody Co (Barako Bull)
- Pick 9 (19): Ralph Reyes (Alaska)
- Pick 10 (20): Jaypee Belencion (Talk N’ Text)
- Pick 1 (21): Simon Atkins (Air 21)
- Pick 2 (22): Karl Dehesa (Alaska)
- Pick 3 (23): Ryan Boado (Barako)
- Pick 4 (24): Janus Lozada (Meralco)
- Pick 5 (25): Mark Sarangay (Petron)
- Pick 6 (26): Mark Acosta (Global Port)
- Pick 7 (27): Bacon Austria (Rain or Shine)
- Pick 8 (28): Jerick Canada (Ginebra)
- Pick 9 (29): Gian Chiu (B-Meg)
- Pick 10 (30): Edwin Escueta (Talk ‘N Text)
- Pick 1 (31): Joseph Hermosisima (Barako)
- Pick 2 (32): Erik Suguitan (Meralco)
- Pick 3 (33): Jan Colina to (Global Port)
- Pick 4 (34): Jewel Palomique (Rain or Shine)
- Pick 5 (35): Paul Zamar (Ginebra)
- Pick 6 (36): Ramon Mabayo (B-Meg)
- Pick 1 (37): Virgilio Serios (Global Port)
- Pick 2 (38): Virgil Buensuceso (Ginebra)
- Pick 1 (39): Thomas Tan (Ginebra)
- UC’s Fajardo 1st overall pick by Petron Blaze (sports.inquirer.net)
- 2012 PBA Rookie Draft: Petron gets first pick; Junmar Fajardo could enter draft (cebuislandlive.com)
- Former Ateneo star Tiu leads long list of PBA draftees (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- 2012 PBA Draft Combine: June Mar Fajardo is tallest and heaviest (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- 11 years in the making: Ginebra’s Caguiao is PBA MVP (sports.inquirer.net)