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Big Night for June Mar Fajardo as he wins 2nd Straight PBA MVP Award and 2nd PBA Title

17 Jul
Fajardo is back to back MVP (photo from: bp.inquirer.net)

Fajardo is back to back MVP (photo from: pba.inquirer.net)

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

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Cebuano Basketball Star June Mar Fajardo wins BPC

14 Jan
All Filipino BPC award goes to June Mar Fajardo

(From Spin.ph) – June Mar Fajardo wins the 2015 Philippine Cup BPC

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
Calvin Abueva 889
Arwind Santos 523
Greg Slaughter 392
Alex Cabagnot 390

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
Calvin Abueva 398 296 45 150 889

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.

PBA Season 39: Fajardo is MVP while Slaughter bags ROY

6 Jul

PBA mythical team

Two former CESAFI stars bag major awards in the 2013-2014 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Leo Awards. San Miguel Center and former UC Webmaster Junemar Fajardo was adjudged Most Valuable Player (MVP) while Ginebra rookie and former UV Green Lancer Greg Slaughter became this season’s Rookie of the Year.  The two behemoths were in the season’s mythical team with Fajardo leading the first team and Slaughter in the 2nd team.

Fajardo’s season averages has vastly improved compared to his injury-riddled rookie campaign where he failed to bag the Rookie of the Year honours which went to Calvin Abueva of Alaska. His averages rose from 12.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, and 1.2 bpg to 16.8 ppg, 14.1 rpg, and 2.0 bpg. The Kracken dominated the paint for San Miguel this season and he has been a double-double machine despite the presence of big and athletic imports. This year’s awards night really belonged to the former UC stalwart as he also grabbed the most improved player award and a spot in the all-defensive team.

Complete List of Awardees:

Most Valuable Player: Junemar Fajardo (16.8 points, 14.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks)

Rookie of the Year: Greg Slaughter (14.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.4 blocks)

Most Improved Player: Junemar Fajardo

Sportsmanship Award: Willie Miller

Mythical First Team

  • Mark Barroca – San Mig Coffee
  • Jason Castro – Talk ‘N Text
  • Ranidel de Ocampo – Talk ‘N Text
  • Asi Taulava – Air 21
  • Junemar Fajardo – San Miguel Beer

Mythical Second Team

  • Peter June Simon – San Mig Coffee
  • Paul Lee – Rain or Shine
  • Marc Pingris – San Mig Coffee
  • Sonny Thoss – Alaska
  • Greg Slaughter – Ginebra

All Defensive Team

  • Marc Pingris – San Mig Coffee
  • Mark Barroca – San Mig Coffee
  • Gabe Norwood – Rain or Shine
  • Jireh Ibanes – Rain or Shine
  • Junemar Fajardo – San Mig Coffee

Fajardo dedicated his MVP award to University of Cebu, his collegiate coach Roel Gomez, and his late uncle Lito Dugho who lost his battle with cancer. Junemar also gave credit to former MVP Danny Ildefonso for improving his basketball skills.

It was a fruitful campaign for both Cebuano big men.  Fajardo will now don the national colours for several important international competitions. Both Greg and Junemar will also try to earn their first ever PBA titles next season as this season was dominated by team’s sister team the San Mig Coffee Mixers.

 

CebuIslandLive.Com 2013 PBA Mock Draft

2 Nov

It’s PBA Draft time and former UV Green Lancer and ADMU Blue Eagle Greg Slaughter is set to be the No.1 pick of this year’s Philippine Basketball Association Rookie Draft. If he becomes the No.1 pick it will be the second straight year that a former CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.) star ending up as the top pick of the draft after June Mar Fajardo was picked last year by the Petron Blaze Boosters.  The No.1 pick this  year belongs to fan favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings. Before the draft starts, the blog would like to give a mock draft and here it goes:

First Round (Over-all rank)

  • Pick 1 (1): Greg Slaughter (Ginebra) – Drafting Slaughter would give the Kings one of the most imposing front lines with Slaughter at Center and Aguilar at either forward spots. The extremely talented guards of Ginebra will have no fear to operate as they know that they have solid rebounders under the basket.  Ginebra becomes an instant championship favorite along with its sister teams. Drafting the former Green Lancer star is the best counter against the emergence of June Mar ” The Kraken” Fajardo.
  • Pick 2 (2): Ian Sangalang (San Mig Coffee) – As consolation for losing the Greg Slaughter sweepstakes, the recent Governor’s Cup champs will settle for the versatile Ian Sangalang.  He could be a useful big man for Tim Cone’s triangle offense.  His height will also give the Mixers another body to combat the likes of June Mar Fajardo who has been dominant in his meetings against the Mixers in past season.
  • Pick 3 (3): Raymund Almazan (Rain or Shine) – The Letran Knight has the height to be a legitimate center in the PBA but he still lacks the heft and the muscle to go toe to toe with Fajardo, Slaughter, or even an aging Taulava. He could get some tips from the shorter but way heftier Extra Rice Boys on how to get to the heads of taller and more talented big men and how to finish 5 cups of rice in every meal.
  • Pick 4 (4): Terence Romeo (Barako Bull) – The intense guard from the Far Eastern University is one of the most PBA ready scorers from this year’s batch.  He can play both guard positions and his creativity would be needed to help the Barako Bull to contend.
  • Pick 5 (5):  Jeric Teng (Barako Bull) – The feisty UST standout has enough moxie to become successful in the league.  If all 3 picks will stay with Barako then we would see the team assemble one of the most dynamic batch of youngsters in recent times.
  • Pick 6 (6): RR Garcia (Barako Bull) – Ok, maybe one pick will be traded but drafting RR Garcia along with the 2 earlier picks would give the team one heck of a guard rotation. With these fresh legs, the Barako Bull could press all the way till the 4th period.
  • Pick 7 (7): James Forrester (GlobalPort) – No one can deny the athletic ability of the Arellano University star. The Batang Pier team has a lot of holes and this could guy  could play a lot of minutes and could be a contender for rookie of the year.
  • Pick 8 (8): Nico Salva (Alaska) – The younger version of JC Intal could have valuable seasoning behind Cyrus Baguio and Dondon Hontiveros with the Aces. He could be a good fit in any team coming off the beach to provide scoring and many intangibles. He has been a big winner in the college ranks with a team running a pro-style offense.
  • Pick 9 (9): Justin Chua (Rain or Shine) – Rain or Shine has been undersized in the past couple of years. This draft will give them a chance to be taller just like the rest of the league. While Chua could be a project, he came from one of the country’s best college basketball programs and the transition to the pros will not be as hard as experts would think.
  • Pick 10 (10): Alex Nuyles (San Mig Coffee) – Fresh from a long hiatus after an injury, a fully healed Nuyles could be the next Gary David. If he lands with San Mig, he can probably spell James Yap or the PG position.  His presence could rejuvenate Yap and June Simon to be better this season or else be discarded for younger replacements.

This is just a mock of the first round and the blog will have a pick by pick analysis after the draft this afternoon.

Former ADMU and UV Center Greg Slaughter

June Mar Fajardo Chronicles: Kraken did Very Well in First PBA Finals Apperance

2 Nov

June Mar Fajardo was part of the Petron Blaze Boosters squad that battled sister team San Mig Coffee Mixers in a thrilling seven-game series for the 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup crown.  It was a disappointing outcome for the Petroniverse as the team succumbed to the hard-fighting Mixers. The series though, highlighted the emergence of June Mar Fajardo as the premier big man in the league. He played like an import in the whole series. He had several highlight reel dunks and he has shown the PBA nation some moves that were not done by any local big man who played in Asia’s first professional basketball league.  Pundits credited his experience with the Gilas and the coaching of former MVP Danny Ildefonso as the main factors for his much-improved performance.

It was a tough loss by June Mar who is nicknamed “The Kraken” in the PBA but he can always look back at his college career to be able to remember that titles are not automatic.  He lost several times to University of the Visayas and Greg Slaughter before becoming a legitimate champion at the University of Cebu.  If he keeps on improving his skills, PBA titles are expected every year as some of his peers are already scared at the prospects of playing against him.  Here are his numbers in his first ever PBA Finals appearance:

Rebounds
Game FG A FT A Points O D Total
1 5 9 2 2 12 2 6 8
2 5 10 6 13 16 5 9 14
3 9 11 1 3 19 3 6 9
4 9 14 2 8 20 9 17 26
5 8 11 7 11 23 8 8 16
6 6 10 9 14 21 5 9 14
7 8 14 4 12 20 8 7 15
50 79 31 63 131 40 62 102
FG % 63.3% FT% 49.2% 18.7 5.7 8.9 14.6

une Mar Fajardo averaged 18.7 points per game and 14.6 rebounds per game. He had 4 straight 20-10 games to finish the series.  He had an astonishing 20 points and 26 rebounds performance in Game 4.  He averaged an unbelievable 21 ppg and 17.8 rpg in the last 4 games of the series. He could have been the Finals MVP if Petron won Game 7.  Even if Petron lost, this blog believes that he was the MVP for that series.

One aspect that he can improve on would be his Free Throw shooting were he averaged a measly 49.2% in the series which was capped by an atrocious 4 of 12 performance in Game 7.  His Field Goal percentage though is mythical. He finished with a 63.3% rate in the series and from Game 3 to Game 7 he was hitting at a torrid 66.7% mark.  His height definitely helped as he was virtually unblockable and but in many instances he did not rely on his height alone as he showed his athleticism by jumping higher or sprinting for the score.

For a rookie center, Fajardo’s performance was outstanding.  The baton that was passed from Mon Fernandez to Abet Guidaben to Benjie Paras and to Asi Taulava could be on his hands right now. What is scary with him is that there is a lot of room for improvement. His development will not only be good for Petron and the PBA but also for the Philippine National team.  Imagine if the Philippines will have the most feared front lines in Asia then we will witness another golden age of Philippine Basketball in our lifetime.  Fajardo will be a force to reckoned with in the upcoming season and it will be interesting to see if the Fajardo vs. Slaughter rivalry will materialize in the big stage.

Fajardo Dunks! (from Inquirer)

Slaughter and NLEX wins 2012-13 PBA D-League Aspirant’s Cup

26 Feb
PBA Developmental League

PBA Developmental League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former UV Green Lancer Greg Slaughter added another title in his very successful amateur basketball career as he joined his teammates at NLEX in sweeping  the Cagayan Valley Rising Suns.  The title is the fourth straight for the star-studded NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA Developmental League. The team is composed of probably the best collegiate stars in the country and is being coached by Boyet Fernandez.

NLEX ended the surprising run of Cagayan Valley which made it to the finals one conference after finishing last. The Road Warriors beat the Rising Suns 82-71 in the Game 2 to sweep their best of 3 finals series. Garvo Lanete and Borgie Hermida combined for 27 points to pace the Road Warriors.  Slaughter and Conference Best Player Ian Sangalang supported them with 9 points a piece.  The Rising Suns were led by former SWU Cobra Eliud Poligrates.  The Cebuano guard finished with 21 points and 5 rebounds.

Other members of NLEX include Ateneo Blue Eagle’s Kirk Long and Nico Salva, FEU’s RR Garcia, San Beda’s Jake Pascual and Baser Amer, San Sebastian’s Ronald Pascual, Letran’s Kevin Alas, and Adamson’s Eric Camson.

 

Game scores:

NLEX 82: Lanete 17, Hermida 10, Slaughter 9, Sangalang 9, J Pascual 8, K Pascual 8, Long 8, Alas 4, Camson 4, Garcia 3, Salva 2, Amer 0

Cagayan Valley 71: Poligrates 21, Bringas 13, Celada 12, Lao 6, Almazan 5, Webb 4, Forrester 4, Exciminiano 4, Cruz 2, Melano 0, Montemayor 0

Quarter scores: 24-10, 45-32, 61-50, 82-71

Cebuanos to watch in 2013: June Mar Fajardo

3 Jan

June Mar Fajardo was the top pick in the 2012 Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Rookie draft.  The 6’9″ giant from Pinamungahan, Cebu has been dubbed as the country’s future premier big man.  The former University of Cebu Webmasters varsity star played first for the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League (ABL) after an illustrious career at the CESAFI were he led UC in destroying University of the Visayas Green Lancers dynasty.  After learning that Petron, one of San Miguel Corporation‘s teams in the PBA, had the first pick in the 2012 draft, June Mar immediately decided that it was time to take his skills to the PBA.   As expected, he got drafted by the super loaded Petron team which has stars like Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot,  and Jay Washington, along with super sophomores in Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Lutz.

The expectations were so high far the vaunted Petron Blazer Boosters  (PBB) team with the addition of the highly touted Cebuano. June Mar Fajardo had 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks in his season debut against recently crowned Governor’s Cup champs Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.  His numbers were good but the Boosters lost by 16, 86-102.  Fellow Cebuano Center and ex-Green Lancer JR Quinahan gave him a rough welcome by torching Fajardo with 13 points while having a perfect 3 for 3 in the 3-point region.  Fajardo somehow was stunned as the center of RoS can hit the trey which forced him to defend the perimeter.  Beau Belga, the tag team partner of Quinahan in RoS’ feared extra combo likewise hit 3 trifectas. It was  big contrast to Fajardo who only made 2 of 7 in his attempts in the field while shooting just 5 of 11 in the 15-foot line.

In the next time game, Fajardo only played for 16 minutes in PBB’s victory over Barako Bull and he managed to grab 7 rebounds in limited action.  June Mar had a monster game against sister team San Mig Coffee finishing with 16 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 blocked shot. It was a bittersweet performance as Petron lost again.  It became worse as it was discovered after the game they had a bizarre injury in the scrotum after unintentionally hit by Marc Pingris. He was out of action for over a month.  He came back in Petron’s victory over cellar dwellers Global Port by tallying 14 points and 7 rebounds.  He played 3 more games in the eliminations and ended up with averages of 9 points, 8.14, 0.86 steal, 1.14 blocks in 24.6 minutes of action for the 7 games he played.  Petron finished disappointing 6 wins and 8 loses in the eliminations which is only good for the 7th seed.  They faced the second seeded San Mig Coffee Mixers that gets a twice to beat advantage.

In the quarterfinal game, Fajardo was the best Petron player as he finished with 22 points, 15 boards, 1 assist, 1 steal, and 3 blocks but PBB was eliminated 87-92.  Many fans felt that Coach Olsen Racela did not give him enough touches especially in the final period.  A lot of pundits think that June Mar Fajardo was underutilized.

The next two conferences in the PBA will be import-laced. Fajardo will be up against imports that could be bigger or taller than him in the Commissioner’s Cup.  As he nicknamed the Kraken in the PBA, he expected to sow fear underneath the boards for Petron.  He will be a player to watch as many fans would like to know if indeed he has the potential to dominate the league or he will just end up like the slow and unworthy big men of the past. If we are just looking at his upside, there has been no pure Filipino big man to be blessed with the height, heft, agility, and basketball iq of his caliber.  If he plays to his potential he can average 20 points and 10 rebounds at the minimum even against imports.  It will not happen immediately as he has to get accustomed to the PBA brand of play and he needs to possess intelligence to learn the intricacies of a pro-style offense and defense. If he does not cope, he could be like an EJ Feihl or worse a Samigue Eman.  It will definitely be interesting to see how he pans out.  It will also be exciting to see if how he and Greg Slaughter will match-up in the future.  The two were the main protagonist of some of the most memorable battles in the CESAFI.  If Fajardo and Slaughter end up to be the best big men in their generation, it is fun to know that they both started Cebu, an island known for their explosive guards rather dominating big men.

This blog’s writer will always be a big fan and a believer of June Mar. He could be the Hercules that will carry Petron to many battles ahead. Go, June Mar!!!

UAAP 75 Awards: Pingoy, Parks repeat as MVPs

13 Oct

Women’s Division

Rookie of the Year: Princess Joy Cochico (Adamson University)

Mythical 5:

  • Maica Cortes (UST)
  • Marilourd Socorro Borja (FEU)
  • Allana May Lim (FEU)
  • Mary Snow Peñaranda (Adu)
  • Aracelie Abaca (DLSU)

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Allana May Lim (FEU Lady Tamaraws)

Juniors Division

Rookie of the Year: Reginnal Morido

Mythical 5:

  • Jerie Marlon Pingoy (FEU-Diliman)
  • Ferdinand Ravena III (ADMU)
  • Henri Sobido (De La Salle- Zobel)
  • Alvin Gerard Ungria (UST)
  • Reginnal Morido (NU)

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Jerie Marlon Pingoy (FEU-Diliman)

Seniors Division

Special Awards

  • Enervon Todo-bigay Player of the Season: Kiefer Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles) – P50,000 Cash
  • RCBC Savings Bank Game Changing Player of the Season: Greg Slaughter (Ateneo Blue Eagles) – P50,000 Cash plus Trophy and RCBC Wallet Card
  • Jollibee Champ of the Season: Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. (NU Bulldogs) – P40,000 Cash plus Trophy
  • PSBank Maasahan Player of the Season – Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. (NU Bulldogs) – P100,000 Cash Deposit plus Trophy

Rookie of the Year: Jeron Teng (DLSU Green Archers)

Mythical 5:

  • G – Terrence Romeo (FEU Tamaraws)
  • G – Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. (NU Bulldogs)
  • F – Jeron Teng (DLSU Green Archers)
  • F – Karim Abdul (UST Growling Tigers)
  • C – Greg Slaughter (ADMU Blue Eagles)

Most Valuable Player (MVP): Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. (NU Bulldogs)

Ray Parks and Jerie Pingoy both kept their MVP standing in their respective leagues. Parks lead the NU Bulldogs to the Final 4 while Pingoy won the high school plum with FEU-Diliman. In the Women’s tournament, Allana Lim won the MVP a year after fellow Lady Tam Raiza Palmera won. Lim was part of this year’s champion team and she was a mythical 5 member in season 74.  Greg Slaughter of Ateneo and Aracelie Abaca are the only other players who were able to duplicate as mythical five member from season 74.

Greg Slaughter used to play for the University of Visayas Green Lancers while Jerie Pingoy started playing organized basketball at the University of Cebu.

Cebu Basketball Round-up (October 2012)

11 Oct

 

SWU Cobras – Champions at last (photo from sunstar.com.ph)

Cesafi Seniors:  Southwestern University wins first ever Cesafi basketball crown

The Southwestern University (SWU) Cobras won the Cebu Schools Athletic Federation Inc. (Cesafi) Collegiate Basketball Championship after beating the formidable University of the Visayas (UV) Green Lancers, 3-2, in a memorable best of five series. SWU won the final game 73-72 after trailing by 49-63 with less than 6 minutes to play. Coach Yayoy Alcoseba unleashed John Augustin Pajantoy to fuel the rally that gave them the improbable Game 5 victory. With a great five game series, it looks like SWU-UV rivalry will rage on in the next few years.  Will SWU keeps it title next year???

SHS-AdC wins first Cesafi title (photo from Sunstar.com.ph)

Cesafi Juniors: Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu goes undefeated en route to its first Cesafi High School title

The Sacred Heart School- Ateneo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) Magis Eagles capped their amazing season by sweeping the UV Baby Lancers , 3-0, in their Cesafi High School basketball championship series.  It was sweet revenge for the Magis Eagles that lost the title last year in a decisive Game 5 against the Baby Lancers. The series sweep upped the record of the Magis Eagles to 14-0 in this year’s competition.  Arc Gabrielle Araw-Araw scored 19 points to lead SHS-AdC in its game 3 victory. The sweep underscored the SHS-AdC dominance in Cesafi High School ball in the past couple of months. Will this be the start of a Magis Eagles dynasty in the Casafi?

UAAP Seniors: Greg Slaughter caps collegiate career with another title with Ateneo

Former UV big man Greg Slaughter finished his college career by winning another title with Ateneo Blue Eagles.   The Eagles completed its drive for five as they beat the hard-fighting University of Santo Tomas (UST) Growling Tigers. With the victory, Slaughter also completed his drive for five as he won his 2nd title with Ateneo along with his 3 Cesafi collegiate titles with the UV Green Lancers. He was once again selected into the UAAP Mytical Five this year. Ever since Slaugher moved to Manila, the UV Green Lancers has never won another Cesafi title.  Is this the end of the Slaughter Curse for UV??

 

UAAP Juniors: Pingoy leads Baby Tams to its first Junior’s title in 25 years

25 years ago, a point guard named Johnny Abarrientos led the FEU Baby Tamaraws to a UAAP Junior’s division title. Fast forward 2012, another spectacular guard led the Baby Tams to another title.  Former University of Cebu basketball player Jerie Marlon Pingoy scored 32 points in the clinching triple overtime game against the NU Bullpups. Pingoy is the back to back junior’s MVP of the UAAP. After the championship, Pingoy now becomes one the blue chip recruits in next’s year UAAP cage wars.  Will he be donning the Tamaraws jersey or will he be wearing different colors next year?

 

PBA: June Mar Fajardo debuts with Petron

After Greg Slaughter left UV, the University of Cebu Webmasters had a two-year reign of terror behind the behemoth from Pinamungahan named June Mar Fajardo.  After his college career ended, Fajardo played for San Miguel in the Asean Basketball League. When it was announced that Petron (San Miguel’s PBA team) got the first pick of the 2012 PBA Draft, the big man decided to join the PBA. As expected, he was this year’s top over-all pick.  He got his baptism of fire when the Petron Blaze Boosters played the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their season debut. He finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 38 minutes of action. He had decent numbers but he was outplayed by JR Quinahan, a former UV Green Lancer. Petron was routed 102-86.  Petron won its next game over Barako Bull and Fajardo finished with 3 points and 7 reounds.  With the possible entry of Greg Slaughter in the PBA next year, will their rivalry be renewed in the country’s top league?

 

UAAP Season 75: Slaughter leads Ateneo over FEU

18 Aug
The Blue Eagle, the university's adopted symbo...

The Blue Eagle, the university’s adopted symbol since the 1930s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the battle between last year’ finals protagonists, the 5-peat seeking Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles have once again proven their mastery over the Far Eastern University Tamaraws by winning this year’s first meeting between the top contenders, 74-71.  The win was 6th victory of Ateneo in 7 games. Bert Flores-coached FEU fell to 5-2 after the loss.

FEU controlled the first part of the game as they led 21-18 after the first 10 minutes.  The Tams continued to outplay the Blue Eagles in the second period as the took a 37-27 lead at the halftime break.  The second half, however, was a different story as Ateneo trimmed the deficit to just 4, 49-53 behind the outside sniping of  Juami Tiongson and Nico Elorde.  Ateneo took its first lead at 56-55 with 7:48 left after Season 74 Finals MVP Nico Salva scored off a pass from Ryan Buenafe. A 13-5 run gave Ateneo a nine point lead at 69-60 going to the final minute of the match. FEU countered with triples from Mark Bringas and RR Gacia sandwiching a split from the line by Buenafe to trim Ateneo’s lead to 70-66. With 39 seconds left, Salva made 2 free throws to up the lead back to six. In the FEU possession, Fil-Am Anthony Hargrove turned the ball over by stepping on the baseline. Ateneo simply held on to the lead by hitting some free throws for the final tally of 74-71.

Greg Slaughter finished the game with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 5 blocks. Tiongon, Ravena, and Buenafe combined for 34 points. RR Garcia had a great game for FEU, leading all scorers with 21 markers.

Scores.

Ateneo 74 – Slaughter 17, Tiongson 12, Ravena 12, Buenafe 10, Salva 6, Erram 6, Elorde 6, Sumalinog 3, Chua 2, Gonzaga 0, Golla 0

FEU 71 – Garcia 21, Hargrove 12, Romeo 10, A. Bringas 10, M. Bringas 7, Belo 6, Tolomia 3, Pogoy 2, Sentcheu 0, Mendoza 0, Cruz 0

Quarterscores: 18-21; 27-37; 49-53; 74-71

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