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With elims race heating up, San Miguel needs to rack up wins to get into the top four says Fajardo

by Reynald Magallon, November 06, 2019 8:35pm

The San Miguel Beermen need to rack up their wins in the ongoing 2019 Governors Cup in order for them to get into the top four said center June Mar Fajardo.

The Beermen were able to finally break their two-game slump that saw them drop to the fifth spot with a narrow victory over the Blackwater Elite, 99-96 in overtime.

With the battle for the top four spots of the standings kept on heating up however, the Beermen moved to a 6-3 record clinging to that fourth spot in the standings with Ginebra San Miguel (5-3) and Magnolia Hotshots (4-4) hoping to catch up.

"Kailangan namin manalo eh kasi nga sunud-sunod na talo namin. Kailangan namin makahabol sa standings, kailangan namin makahabol sa top four para twice to beat advantage," said Fajardo who was in his usual dominant form finishing with 30 points and 13 rebounds to led the Beermen who were missing the services of high scoring import Dez Wells.

Fajardo whose Beermen only pulled away in the overtime period admitted that they had a hard time against the Elite spearheaded by Mac Belo and new acquisitions Don Trollano and KG Canaleta.

"Wala namang games na madali para sa amin lahat mahirap naman. Di naman mahihina yung kalaban namin kahit na sabihin natin na Blackwater, nasa baba ng standings pero gusto rin naman nila manalo so muntik na kami buti nakauha namin yung panalong ito," said Fajardo.

With Wells out, SMB were forced to play their tried and tested all Filipino line-up but Fajardo insisted that they will still need a reinforcement especially in this crucial stretch of the eliminations.

"Lahat naman kami (bothered) kasi kailangan namin siya eh. Alam naman natin 'yung maitutulong niya sa team, kaya niya kaming buhatin so sana gumaling agad siya, makapaglaro siya sa next game," said the five-time MVP.

"Siguro alam naman namin maglaro pag all-filipino but still kailangan pa rin namin ng import buti nga nakuha namin to nalagpasan namin ito," he added.

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