With his eyes zeroed in on leading San Miguel Beer to another finals stint, June Mar Fajardo flashed his MVP form in the playoffs to capture his second Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award in the Commissioner’s Cup.
The 6-10 Fajardo averaged 21.0 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists for the period of July 9-15 on the way to snaring the weekly citation, beating former college rival Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra.
The pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu kicked off the playoffs by pouring in 27 points on 10-of-16 shooting from the field and grabbing 13 rebounds as the Beermen overhauled a 24-point, first-half deficit to stun the TNT KaTropa, 121-110 in Game 1 of their quarterfinal duel.
The 28-year-old Fajardo followed that up by knocking down 19 points, adding 12 rebounds, four steals and three assists in the Beermen’s 106-102 win to complete a two-game sweep of the KaTropa two days later.
Fajardo though wasn’t done.
The reigning four-time league MVP scored 17 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added two steals as the Beermen took Game One of their best-of-five semifinal series against long-time rival Alaska Aces, 92-79 last Saturday.
Fajardo, currently in strong contention for a precendent-smashing seventh Best Player of the Conference award, look to lead the Beermen to the Finals with another win over the Aces this coming Wednesday.
The Beermen took a 2-0 series lead after whipping the Aces, 105-94 Monday night.