June Mar Fajardo made sure that he lived up to his eighth Best Player of the Conference award. The Kraken led the way for the San Miguel Beermen as they dominated the Magnolia Hotshots 114-98 in Game 4. The Beermen tie the series at two games apiece.
Fajardo was nearly perfect in Game 4 with 31 points on 13/14 shooting. He also grabbed 14 rebounds to add to his scoring total. Terrence Romeo and Christian Standhardinger played big off the bench. Romeo had 18 points and five assists while Standhardinger had 13 points and 14 boards. Mark Barroca and Jio Jalalon led Magnolia with 22 points apiece.
The Beermen leaned on Fajardo early in the game. The BPC was unstoppable for most of the game, hitting his first ten shots before missing his first one late in the third period. Fajardo’s dominance in the first half helped the Beermen pull away from Magnolia early.
After Magnolia took a slim two-point lead in the first period, the Beermen took over the game in the second period. Fajardo led the way midway through the quarter with six straight points to anchor a 9-2 run that allowed the Beermen to take a four-point lead. Standhardinger and Romeo closed the quarter with a five-point blast to give San Miguel a seven-point lead heading to the half.
Fajardo continued his onslaught in the third period. He opened the quarter with seven straight points to push the advantage up to 13 points. Late in the period, Fajardo missed a layup but got the offensive board for a put back. He added another layup a possession later to put the Beermen up by 16.
Magnolia was able to cut the deficit down to just eight points early in the fourth quarter. But Romeo, Fajardo and Standhardinger answered with a 9-0 run on baskets and free throws to secure the win.