Magnolia's Rafi Reavis takes pride in his ability to defend especially when pitted against big men just like him.
As proof of his defensive prowess, the 6-foot-8 Fil-American was included in the 2018 All-Defensive team.
But there's one guy he has trouble matching up with -- San Miguel superstar June Mar Fajardo.
"June Mar by far... I can give a whole lot of reasons why, but probably half of them I would get in trouble for saying. So I won't say anything," Fajardo said in jest on the PBA website. (LINK ON PBA WEBSITE https://www.pba.ph/news/reavis-ranks-fajardo-his-toughest-defensive-matchup)
But kidding aside, Reavis said Fajardo is skilled for a 6-foot-10 guy.
"He's tough, he's skilled. He's big, he's strong, and he's a tough guy. And his awards speak for themselves," said Reavis.
It's a big deal coming from a defender who has collected a total of 11 PBA championships.
The 43-year-old Reavis suited up for Magnolia in the last Philippine Cup bubble, averaging 4.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.2 assists. per game.
Fajardo underwent a lengthy hiatus after suffering a fractured right tibia (shinbone) during practice. He went under the knife and was not able to help the Beermen defend their all-Filipino crown in the bubble conference.
He is expected to play this season.
FROM THE ARCHIVES