“The Kraken” is released, named PBAPC Player of the Week

The Kraken

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 en route to snaring the weekly citation, beating former college rival Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra.

The pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu started playoffs by listing 27 markers on his 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.

But Fajardo didn’t stop there.

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 an unprecedented seventh Best Player of the Conference award, is bent on leading the Beermen to another Finals appearance with another win over the Aces this Wednesday, July 18.

SMB took a 2-0 series lead after whipping the Aces, 105-94, on Monday night.


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Thomasian / Kicks like a girl -- former UAAP and national inter-school TaeKwonDo champion / Beating deadlines since 1999 / Director, National Press Club of the Philippines.

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