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Dominant Fajardo cops PBA Player of the Week plum

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By Miles Morales

Five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo announced his return to the PBA in a big way on Sunday, as he helped San Miguel Beermen bolster their bid for a Top 2 spot in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup.

Coming off a fresh stint with the national team, Fajardo, averaged 33.5 points, 16 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for the Beermen last week.

His dominant effort earned him his first Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week citation this conference.

The 29-year-old Fajardo had 27 points, 13 rebounds and two assists to lead SMB past NLEX, 121-111, last Friday.

Fajardo increased his output two days later, firing 40 points, hauling down 19 boards and issuing three assists as San Miguel nosed out NorthPort, 113-107.

It was his best game since registering 42 points and 20 rebounds in Game 5 of their title-clinching win in last season’s Philippine Cup finals over Magnolia.

The Beermen now have won their last four games overall to move to solo third spot in the standings with their 6-3 record.

Phoenix paces the tournament with its 8-2 record, with Rain or Shine at second spot (7-3).

Fajardo beat Columbian rookie CJ Perez and young gunner Rashawn McCarthy, Meralco’s Baser Amer, TNT’s Roger Pogoy and Ginebra’s LA Tenorio and Aljon Mariano for the weekly citation for the period of March 6-10.