Fajardo: Petron Boosters’ X-Weapon-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
WITH their 100-84 victory over the San Mig Coffee Mixers last Friday, the Petron Blaze Boosters are now just three wins away from reclaiming the Governor’s Cup championship they have won two seasons ago. Barring any plot twists and resurfacing antagonists, that would be the perfect, not to mention, a bit expected ending of the team drama wittily dubbed “Petronovela.” As a fan, I’ve never missed an episode and I can say that it has been a roller coaster ride with more downs than ups but I am liking this recent one so far.
Experts have broken down and pointed out the reasons for Petron’s long overdue success: unloading of players, new system by a new coach, a suit-wearing consultant and most-importantly, the co-existence of the team’s superstars.
Among those big names on the Boosters’ roster is the 6’10” behemoth, June Mar Fajardo.
For me, the University of Cebu alum is the X-factor of the ongoing championship series. He has been phenomenal all conference long, contributing significant numbers, even earning a couple player of the game honors.
And during the semifinals, he has caused headaches for Rain or Shine Coach Yeng Guiao as nobody could take on Fajardo among his lineup. Same goes now for Coach Tim Cone’s wards in the finals. Junemar would be too quick for Yancy De Ocampo and too tall for the rest. He will cause match-up problems and in the first game, he took advantage of that plus his teammates also never failed to give him the ball everytime he seals a smaller defender in the post. That play is almost always money in the bank for Junemar. Then, on the defensive end, the yellow-haired giant will most definitely alter shots either with his length or with his glaring hair. Kidding aside, he will make the Mixers think twice before attempting a shot over him.
So, how emphatic will Fajardo’s impact be? Well, my guess is, it will be like his Game 1 tomahawk, in-your-face, I-don’t-care-if-you-hit-me-on-the-nose dunk over Marqus Blakely. That’s how.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 17, 2013.