BOCAUE—If there was ever any doubt, June Mar Fajardo confirmed on Friday night time that he can be an offensive drive on the Fiba World Cup stage.
Other than Jordan Clarkson, Gilas additionally turned to June Mar Fajardo and the six-time PBA MVP didn’t disappoint regardless of going through high quality opposition in Dominican Republic, which was led by its NBA star large man Karl-Anthony Cities.
The one drawback was Fajardo didn’t get sufficient touches late in Gilas’ 87-81 loss to Dominican Republic as coach Chot Reyes would’ve needed.
“[He’s a] very environment friendly participant, 28 minutes, 16 factors, didn’t miss a shot. If there’s one factor I used to be disenchanted about, in the direction of the top we needed to go to him much more,” stated Gilas coach Chot Reyes at Philippine Area right here.
Fajardo was like his dominant self, simply falling wanting a double-double with 16 factors and 7 rebounds. He additionally went good from the sector regardless of at occasions being guarded by Cities.
“Sadly, he was guarded by a seven-footer by the title of Karl-Anthony Cities as effectively and I believed KAT did a great job of denying him, forcing him to step exterior,” Reyes stated.
“Credit score to them, we needed to get to him much more however they defended him. That’s the mark of an excellent workforce.”
Cities completed with a double-double of 26 factors and 10 rebounds.
Gilas faces Angola, which misplaced its match in opposition to Italy earlier, 81-67, subsequent on Sunday at Araneta Coliseum.
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