For the second time in the last 3 seasons, the San Miguel Beermen saw their quest for the franchise’s second Grand Slam come to an abrupt ending at the hands of no less than sister team Brgy. Ginebra.
The Gin Kings, seeded 4th in the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup, only needed a win to dispatch its troubled sibling and advance into the next round and did exactly just that much to the dismay of the team’s main man June Maf Fajardo.
“Ganoon talaga. Hindi naman ganoon kadali makuha ang Grand Slam, pero thankful pa rin kami kay God na nakakuha kami ng two out of three championships. Hindi na rin masama ang season namin,” said Fajardo.
The 30-year old, 5-time league MVP did everything he could to keep his team afloat but his 24-point, 18-rebound effort wasn’t enough to overcome their Justin Brownlee-powered opponent.
Still, Fajardo remains proud of what his team has accomplished this season despite falling short of their quest for the much-coveted triple-crown.
“Pasalamat nga kami, may chance kami makuha yung Grand Slam. Yung ibang teams, di makaabot sa playoffs, pero kami nasa playoffs kami lagi,” said the 6-foot-10 Cebuano.
“Nakakalungkot man na di namin nakuha yung goal namin, may next year pa naman, may next season pa naman. We win some, we learn some. May natutunan kami sa season ngayon. Next year, try namin ulit. Mas may experience na kami. Mas paghahandaan pa namin ng husto,” he added.