MANILA -- June Mar Fajardo played for the first time in the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday and anchored San Miguel in pulling within 2-3 in the race-to-four series.
However, his presence – and the 13 points and four rebounds he contributed – wasn’t the difference in the game, if Alaska coach Alex Compton is to be believed.
Just what may it be instead? As Compton said, “Free throw and foul discrepancy.”
In Game Five, the Aces incurred a whopping total of 37 fouls and gave their opponents 35 free throws. On the other hand, the Beermen were called for 17 fouls and gifted the other team with five charities.
Final score in the game was San Miguel 86, Alaska 73.
“I’m just pointing out facts. It’s gonna be difficult if a team gets 30 more free throws and 20 more fouls,” an uncharacteristically gloomy Compton stated.
He then continued, “Some stats jump off the page in the last two games. We’ll see if it’s hopefully gonna change in the next games.”
Nonetheless, the Alaska coach was all praises for how the Beermen have come alive after being down in a 0-3 hole. “Credit to San Miguel. They played well in the last two games. Hopefully, we make the shots we didn’t make (in Game Five),” he said.
This story was originally published on the ABS-CBN Sports website.