Too bad for the Terrafirma Dyip, import Lester Prosper was out on protocols when they encountered the return of San Miguel ace behemoth June Mar Fajardo.
And just like Bay Area versus the injury-hit TNT squad earlier, Beermen had an easy time romping to a 131-103 win over the Dyip in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig Wednesday.
With Fajardo back, the Beermen showed an even greater determination to push their drive to catch a ticket to the post-elims play.
“The game plan was to go hard, not thinking wala silang import,” said assistant coach Jorge Gallent.
The Beermen did go hard as they climbed to sixth spot with a fifth win against the same number of losses.
Fajardo collected 20 points plus nine rebounds on his return from a throat surgery, complementing Jericho Cruz’s 25 markers and Devon Scott’s triple-double of 21 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists.
Vic Manuel (20) and CJ Perez (12) had their double-digit outputs as the Beermen closed in on sixth-placer NorthPort (6-5), heading to the last few games of the elims.