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June Mar inspires SMB after NP defeat

Five-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and the San Miguel Beermen will attempt to regain their winning form when they face Meralco at 6:45 p.m. tonight in Season 44 Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup at the Araneta Coliseum.

San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo is guarded by Christian Standhardinger of Northport (No. 34) during a Season 44 PBA Governors’ Cup game on Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

Fajardo said that they have already moved on from their 119-127 loss to Northport last Wednesday. The Batang Pier is now fortified by their former teammate Christian Standhardinger.

“Kailangan mag-bounce back kasi last game talo kami, go hard kami palagi from the start. Move on na lang kami sa nangyari (We need to bounce back. We will go hard right from the get go. We already moved on from what happened). We’ll be focusing more on defense and that’s what we practiced earlier,” Fajardo told The Manila Times in a phone interview.

San Miguel Beer’s import Dez Wells’ PBA career-high 56 points, eight rebounds and nine assists went to waste with the defeat.

Though they lost to Northport now reinforced by Standhardinger and new import Michael Qualls, the Beermen have already secured a berth in the quarterfinals with 5-2 win-loss record.

Meralco (4-2) is aiming to earn a quarterfinal slot against San Miguel Beer.

Meanwhile, Columbian Dyip (4-4) goes for back-to-back wins when it battles defending champion Magnolia (3-4) in the 4:30 p.m. first game.

“Going up against Magnolia on Sunday is a tough game because we only have a one day preparation but that’s part of the game,” said Columbian Dyip coach John Cardel.

“So it’s going to be more on scouting and convincing our minds that we can match them.”

The Hotshots are hoping to end a three-game losing run.

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