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
June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen is the 2nd team eliminated in the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup despite winning their last game of the conference against Globalport Batang Pier, 106-94. San Miguel came up short with the required 30 point margin in order for them to have a chance of getting the 8th and final quarterfinal berth. Fajardo, the reigning MVP, led the Beermen with a 31 point-19 rebound- 4 blocked shots effort.
San Miguel Beer who won the Philippine Cup a month ago crashed backed to earth after a poor start in the second conference. The Beermen is keen on keeping current import Arizona Reid for the 3rd conference. The team will be hoping that the early exit will fuel another championship campaign in the Governor’s Cup.
SAN MIGUEL 106 – Fajardo 31, Reid 20, Ross 15, Cabagnot 13, Lutz 11, Santos 9, Kramer 4, Lassiter 3, Reyes 0, Omolon 0, Semerad 0, Tubid 0.
GLOBALPORT 94 – Caracter 18, Romeo 15, Espinas 14, Buenafe 13, Nabong 8, Jensen 8, Semerad 6, Miranda 4, Pinto 4, Taha 2, Ponferrada 2, Isip 0.
Quarters: 21-23, 49-55, 76-72, 106-94
After 1 conference and 4 games, the Blackwater Elite finally nailed its first ever win at the expense of recent Philippine Cup Champions San Miguel Beermen, 80-77. Two former University of Cebu stars were pitted against each other as rookie Brian Heruela facing against the team that is lead by his former Center June Mar Fajardo. Heruela and Fajardo were vital cogs of UC’s dominance at the CESAFI a couple of years ago.
In last night match-up, it was the guard Heruela who produced the better game among the two former UC Webmasters. Heruela started for Blackwater and played 36 minutes of efficient basketball. He scored 11 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, contributed 5 assists, and had 1 steal with only 1 turnover. Fajardo, meanwhile, had his worst game of the season as he only finished with 5 points and 9 rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
With the loss, the San Miguel Beermen fell to the bottom of the standings with a 0-3 record while the Elite improved its record to 1-3.
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.
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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.
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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.
SMART-Araneta Coliseum – After having their hearts broken in Game 1 of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, the San Miguel Beermen routed Alaska Aces in a very physical Game 2 of the Best of Seven Final Series, 100-86. Game 2 was filled with shenanigans, second motions, cheap shots, bumps, bruises, and even wounds.
Arwind Santos stood out with 22 points and hit a crucial three point shot the minute he got back from the bench after being sidelined because he suffered a gash in the head after an accidental collision with Calvin Abueva. The gash was about 2 inches long and required several stitches.
The game was close for the first 3 quarters with San Miguel only leading by 2, 72-70 heading into the payoff period. The Beermen unleashed a 23-7 run to pull away and even the series.
Chris Lutz had a stellar 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assist performance while reigning MVP Junemar Fajardo started slow but was able to finish with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Alaska was led by big man Sonny Thoss who had 16 points and a gallant defensive stand against Fajardo.
Another player who stood out in this game was David Semerad who came out the winner in the psy war battle with Alaska’s Abueva and Vic Manuel. Semarad had a great midrange shooting night as he finished with 10 points in probably his best PBA game ever. The rookie also had an incident with Cebuano Dondon Hontiveros during game. Hontiveros and fellow Cebuano Cyrus Baguio combined for 21 points in a losing cause.
Game 3 will be on Sunday.
SAN MIGUEL BEER 100 – Santos 22, Lutz 20, Fajardo 15, Ross 12, Semerad 10, Lassiter 8, Cabagnot 7, Omolon 2, Pascual 2, Tubid 2, Kramer 0, Fortuna 0, Chua 0, Maierhofer 0.
ALASKA 86 – Thoss 16, Casio 14, Baguio 13, Abueva 11, Hontiveros 8, Banchero 7, Jazul 5, Menk 4, Dela Cruz 4, Eman 2, Manuel 2, Exciminiano 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.
Quarterscores: 32-28, 51-48, 72-70, 100-86
The San Miguel Beermen led by Cebuano behemoth June Mar Fajardo clinched the first spot of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals after completing a series sweep against the hard fighting but outsized Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters. The Beermen had a dominating 100-87 victory in Game 4. They will await the winner between the Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in their own best of 7 series. The Aces and Painters are knotted at 2-2.
June Mar Fajardo dominated Game 4 as he finished with 28 points, 16 rebounds, and 5 assists. Reacquired Alex Cabagnot continued his amazing conference by finishing 16 points buoyed by a 2 out of 3 performance beyond the 3 point arc. Arwind Santos finished with another double-double with 13 markers and 10 caroms. Chris Lutz and Ronald Tubid combined for 26 points.
The game was a nip and tuck affair in the first canto but the Beermen pulled away on the second period to take an 11-point lead at half-time, 49-38. The third period was no different as the tournament top seed continue to pour it on and they increased their lead to 16 going to the final period, 73-57.
Veterans Jimmy Alapag and Danny Seigle tried to rally the Texters as they orchestrated several rallies to trim down the lead to single digits. San Miguel though, was also determined to finish them off as current MVP June Mar Fajardo scored 11 points in the final 6 minutes of the period to seal San Miguel’s 35th PBA Finals appearance.
Alapag finished with 17 points while Seigle had 12 points.
San Miguel (100) – Fajardo 28, Cabagnot 16, Lutz 15, Santos 13, Tubid 11, Lassiter 7, Ross 6, Maierhofer 2, Omolon 2.
Talk ‘N Text (87) – Alapag 17, Seigle 12, Fonacier 12, De Ocampo 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 11, Castro 6, Ry. Reyes 5, Williams 5, Alas 4, Washington 4, Aban 0, Carey 0.
Quarterscores: 24-20, 49-38, 73-57, 100-87.
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.
SMART-Araneta Coliseum – Mandaue City- native JR Quiñahan hit the game winning triple to lead the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters to an 89-86 win over the unlucky Meralco Bolts. With the win, Rain or Shine extended its winning streak to six and they now have the sole possession of 2nd place in the standings at 10-3 after Petron lost to sister team San Mig Coffee to fall to 9-4. The top 2 teams in the elimination round will get a twice to beat advantage in the quarterfinals. Rain or Shine’s last remaining assignment will be against Air 21 Express.
The former UV Green Lancer Quinahan finished with just 5 points along with 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks but the game was memorable as he hit his first ever buzzer beating game winner in his PBA career. The shot came off a well-diagramed play by Coach Yeng Guiao which called him to screen Paul Lee from a baseline inbound with 0.7 seconds left. After setting the screen, he found himself free near the RoS bench and Gabe Norwood made a good inbound pass to set up the game winner. The crowd went wild as the shot came in and the play was upheld after a compulsory review.
It was a tough loss for Meralco as it battled back from a 77-70 deficit after the first few minutes of the final period. They were able to tie game at 86-all after a big three point shot by Gary David with 8 seconds left in the game. In the next possession, the Painters went to Lee who missed a potential game winner but Meralco’s John Wilson was not able to secure the ball giving RoS a final chance with 0.7 seconds left in the clock. The miscue ended up costing them a chance at overtime. With the loss, Meralco falls to 5-8 with Barako Bull and Globalport.
After the wild finish Coach Yeng Guiao quipped “I just felt that one great shot deserves another. It was a great shot taken by Gary, and an even bigger one taken by JR. Kumbaga one chamba deserves another,”.
Jeff Chan led Rain or Shine with 16 points. Paul Lee and Gabe Norwood combined for 24 points to negate Gary David’s 25-point 8-rebound performance for the Bolts.
Rain or Shine 89 – Chan 16, Lee 14, Norwood 10, Cruz 8, Belga 7, Almazan 7, Ibanes 7, Rodriguez 6, Quiñahan 5, Nuyles 4, Teng 3, Tiu 2, Arana 0, Tang 0
Meralco 86 – David 25, Wilson 12, Hugnatan 11, Dillinger 11, Salvacion 8, Artadi 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Ildefonso 4, Hodge 4, Guevarra 0
Quarter scoring: 23-21, 45-45, 70-64, 89-86
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.
- Cebuano center Greg Slaughter expected to be no. 1 pick in today’s PBA Rookie Draft (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- PBA Rookie Draft (nemesiojuarezjr.wordpress.com)
- Terrence Romeo joins PBA draft (rappler.com)
- June Mar Fajardo Chronicles: Kraken did Very Well in First PBA Finals Apperance (cebuislandlive.com)
- Slaughter towers in PBA rookie camp (balitaktakan.wordpress.com)
- 2012 PBA Draft Results
- Slaughter making waves in the UAAP
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:
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.
- June Mar Fajardo enter his First ever PBA Finals (cebuislandlive.com)
- What’s on TV: 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup Finals Game 7 (cebuislandlive.com)
- 2013 PBA Governor’s Cup Semi-Finals Recap: San Mig, Petron book seats in the Finals (caloysports.wordpress.com)
- The Championship Journey (thepoliticker.wordpress.com)
- Marc Pingris named PBA Governors’ Cup Finals MVP (sports.inquirer.net)
- PBA’s best rookie class ever (manilastandardtoday.com)