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Santos, SMB refuse to dwell on Fajardo's injury, embrace 'next man up' mentality

by Reynald Magallon, February 15, 2020 11:27am

Arwind Santos and the San Miguel Beermen refused to dwell on the injury that struck and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and embraces 'next man up' mentality as they try to navigate the life without the 6'10" center.

Santos said it's now on the hands of those who was left in the team to fight for their fallen big man. The 6'5" forward added that Fajardo had carried them many time in the past and now is the time for them to return the favor and carry their main man.

"Talagang di namin makakaila na si june Mar talagang malaking kawalan sa team pero kami mawala man yung ilang mga players, kasi sa trabaho namin kung sino yung mga maiiwan kailangan namin lumaban," said Santos.

"Ngayon ang challenge sa min kailangan namin maglaro at tanggapin na wala si June Mar, kailangan maging buo lagi kami and ioffer lang rin namin yung game namin sa kanya alam naman natin na gustung gusto niya makatulong," he added.

Fajardo is expected to be out for the rest of the Philippine Cup at least as he recovers from a complete right tibia fracture.

The former league MVP also stressed that the team cannot dwell on who's not available for the team but instead, those who are left should be ready to step up. Santos said the Beermen should keep their focus on the task at hand especially that the Philippine Cup is fast approaching.

SMB will be gunning for an unprecedented six-peat in the All-Filipino Cup.

"Ito yung team na kahit wala si June Mar, wala ako, wala si Marcio, wala si Ross, wala si Alex, wala si Terrence kailangan lumaban ng mga natitira," said Santos.

"Kami yung pinagkatiwalaan dito kami yung sinusuportahan ng fans ng San Miguel kahit ano pa dahilan na kulang kami, di na dapat namin gawin yun kasi nandyan na yung liga," he said.

Santos admitted however that Fajardo's injury was a big blow to San Miguel but they just have to fight through it.

"Syempre napakalaking bagay na wala sa amin si June Mar, five time MVP, isa sa mga leader namin yan, talagang sa tagal na namin naglalaro sa lahat ng mga tropeo na nakuha namin nandun si June Mar, syempre sanay kami na gumagalaw na nandyan si June Mar," said Santos.

"Wala na dapat mga dahilan. Wala na dapat ibang gawin kundi lumaban. Lumaban ng may puso, lumaban ng may tiwala sa isa't isa. Wag na natin isipin kung ano yung wala tayo ispin natin yung kung anong meron kami, ilaban namin."

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