Fajardo takes charge

The PBA’s most dominant force averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists 1.5 blocks to help SMB beat Phoenix, 106-94, before outlasting Barangay Ginebra, 104-97 in overtime last Sunday.

Playing under the weather last Wednesday, the 6-10 Fajardo was still able to do a little of everything in San Miguel’s first victory for the conference after scoring nine points, adding 13 rebounds, issuing 4 assists and 2 blocks against Phoenix.

But four days later, the pride of Pinamungahan, Cebu regained his old, deadly self after banging in 24 points, including the mid-range jumper over Ginebra slotman Greg Slaughter that sent the game into overtime.

The 28-year-old Fajardo also added 19 rebounds to completely outplay Slaughter, who failed to get his rhythm as Ginebra absorbed its third straight loss this conference.

Fajardo beat teammate Arwind Santos, TNT’s Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, Rain or Shine slotman Raymond Almazan, Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero as well as Meralco’s Chris Newsome and Anjo Caram for the weekly citation.