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Austria: Game 1 win vs Phoenix proves San Miguel more than just Fajardo


Miles Morales

It is a mistake to think the San Miguel Beermen cannot pull out a win without their slot man June Mar Fajardo carrying the load, coach Leo Austria said.

This was proven after defending champions managed to carve out a 100-88 win against Phoenix Fuel Masters to take a 1-0 lead in their 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Saturday night.

Phoenix managed to restrain Fajardo, who finished the game with 9 points and 9 rebounds. However, the Fuel Masters forgot about the other Beermen as they focused on clamping down the five-time PBA MVP.

“They know June Mar is really the pillar of our team, na they thought if June Mar is not there, there’s no chance for us to win,” said Austria, moments after the match at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

“But they made a mistake.”

It was Alex Cabagnot who paced San Miguel with 26 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Chris Ross and Marcio Lassiter, meanwhile, added 14 markers apiece, while Christian Standhardinger chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 16 rebounds.