San Miguel Beer veterans June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos refused to be emotionally affected by the Beermen’s failure to complete their grand slam mission this season.
The Beermen’s chase for the rare “triple crown” came to an abrupt end on Wednesday when they got clobbered by a rampaging Barangay Ginebra Kings, 104-84 in their PBA Governors’Cup quarterfinal clash at the Mall of Asia Arena.
While SMB fans might be regretful on the the Beermen’s failure to complete their quest for a grand slam, the 6-10 Fajardo liked to put everything into perspective.
“Nakakalungkot pero part yun ng buhay. Hindi naman lagi champion tayo kasi yung iba gusto din mag-champion,” Fajardo told media men, shortly after emerging from the team’s gloomy dugout.
Fajardo said the Beermen were jubilant during the first two conferences after winning the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup, respectively.
But then again, the leading MVP candidate said the world doesn’t stop with their humiliating defeat in the quarterfinals, knowing San Miguel can regroup in the offseason and aim for another history—that of winning a fourth straight Philippine Cup in the 2018 season.
“Iyung last 2 conferences kami tumatawa tapos sila nalulungkot. Ngayon kami naman malungkot. Ganun talaga pero move on lang at bawi kami next conference kasi sa next conference, puwede uli kami makabuo ng history na maka-panalo ng fourth straight All-Filipino (title), so one conference at a time lang,” he said.
San Miguel has ruled the Philippine Cup since 2015, beating Alaska that year, before repeating against the same Aces side in 2016. This season, SMB hammered Ginebra in 5 games to capture its third straight all-Filipino crown.
On the other hand Santos said San Miguel players can still hold their heads high after winning 2 out of 3 conference titles this season.
“Two out of three (championships) eh kahit naman sinong team, yun pa rin titingnan hindi yung sobrang sakit at natalo kami,” said the 36-year-old Santos.
The one-time league MVP said they intend to come out stronger and wiser after this loss as they aim to defend their Philippine Cup crown next season.
“Maganda dito at least nadapa kami, sumubsub kami so dapat matuto kami. Dapat pagbalik namin mas agresibo kami at kahit sino humarang, sasagasaan namin,” he said.