Big game

October 23, 2018

Games today:

(Cuneta Astrodome)

4:30 p.m. --Rain or Shine vs. Phoenix

7 p.m.-- San Miguel vs. NorthPort

WITH June Mar Fajardo slowly but surely getting back into shape, San Miguel Beer looks to further boost its chances  when it  takes on  unpredictable NorthPort in the PBA Governors Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

Buoyed by  back-to-back wins over Phoenix (117-100) and Talk N Text (107-96), the Beermen are raring to chalk up their third straight win and win No. 5 overall in their 7 p.m. encounter with the Batang Pier.

“We have a good chance. Maganda naman ang nilalaro namin  kahit wala pa  si  June Mar ngayon,” said  San Miguel Coach Leo Austria.

Austria said there is  no exact date as to when Fajardo will play, but hopes to get him  back once the playoffs begin.

“There’s no exact date on June Mar’s return but we’re hoping he can play once we get into the playoffs,” said Austria.

But  first, Austria hopes to win their last three assignments against NorthPort,  Rain or Shine and Meralco.

In Fejardo’s absence, San Miguel leans heavily on Fil-German Christian Standhardinger, who  averages   25.8 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in the season-ending tournament.

It will be a must-win situation  for Batang Pier and Coach Pido Jarencio.

At 2-7, the Batang Pier need to sweep their last two games to earn a playoff.

Phoenix  also guns for a much-needed win  against back-to-the-wall Rain or Shine in the 4:30 p.m. curtainraiser.

The Fuel Masters hope to continue to get big games from import Eugene Phelps, Calvin Abueva, Jason  Perkins, Matthew Wright and RJ Jazul  to move up to  solo fourth place .