Once again, June Mar Fajardo cast his huge shadow over TNT.
The reigning four-time MVP scored 35 points on top of 11 rebounds in powering San Miguel Beer over TNT, 106-93, Tuesday and into the PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals first at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Fellow starters Arwind Santos, Marcio Lassiter and Chris Ross also played key roles as the top-ranked Beermen did not let their win-once advantage over the eighth-seeded KaTropa go to waste.
As an additional result, coach Leo Austria got some form of present for his wife, who underwent a kidney transplant operation earlier in the day, making the five-time champion strategist antsy before the game.
“I never had any sleep last night because of my wife and I also knew this is going to be the hardest game we’d ever played against TNT,” said Austria.