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Gilas Pilipinas’ June Mar Fajardo goes for a shot towards the Dominican Republic within the Fiba World Cup. -MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.internet

BOCAUE — June Mar Fajardo led all locals in Gilas Pilipinas’ 87-81 loss to the Dominican Republic within the Fiba World Cup opener on Friday night time.

The Philippine Basketball Affiliation (PBA)’s six-time Most Beneficial Participant completed with 16 factors and not using a miss in a contest that pitted him towards three-time NBA All-Star Karl-Anthony Cities.

It was a commendable efficiency for the San Miguel cornerstone, who as soon as broke his proper shinbone and was as soon as seen to be well past his prime.

“I don’t actually care about that,” he mentioned in Filipino when requested concerning the chatter of him being dominant solely within the native enviornment. “I’m not measuring myself towards Karl or another participant.”

“I simply wished to assist the workforce. Regardless of the coach desires me to do, I’ll do. Whichever method I might assist, I’ll do,” added Fajardo, who additionally had seven rebounds to his title.

Nationwide coach Chot Reyes heaped praises on Fajardo, who has served in each the Seville and China editions of the World Cup.

“Like I mentioned, a really environment friendly participant. 28 minutes, 16 factors and didn’t miss a shot,” he mentioned. “Can’t complain concerning the effort and the sport of June Mar.”

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