As he helped San Miguel Beer achieve a historic five-peat in the Philippine Cup, eventual Finals MVP June Mar Fajardo scored a feat for himself by hauling a new all-time high of 31 rebounds.
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Fajardo adds rebounding record to growing list of PBA feats
Olmin Leyba (Agence France-Presse) - May 16, 2019 - 3:16pm

MANILA, Philippines – At the rate he's going, June Mar Fajardo may run out of PBA records to beat.

As he helped San Miguel Beer achieve a historic five-peat in the Philippine Cup, eventual Finals MVP Fajardo scored a feat for himself by hauling a new all-time high of 31 rebounds.

Fajardo's monster effort of 11 offensive and 20 defensive boards obliterated the 44-year-old league record for a local of 29 set by Marcelo Simbulan during the PBA's inaugural season in 1975.

"I didn't expect it (breaking the rebounding record). I was just focused on getting rebounds and helping the team seize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win five straight championships.

I thought we're in a good position so we pushed ourselves and won it. Anyway my main job is really to rebounding and I'm glad I was able to grab rebounds," said Fajardo.

His 31st carom of the game was huge as he restored possession for SMB after Magnolia's Jio Jalalon flubbed a potential game-winner in the dying seconds.

With averages of 22.9 points, 19.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks in the series that went to the full route, the 6-fooy-10 Cebuano was adjudged the best performer in the finals for the third time in his career, moving him up to a share of second with Danny Ildefonso, Eric Menk and LA Tenorio in the all-time list.

The Finals MVP was the latest in his growing collection of accolades highlighted by five season MVPs (league-high) and eight Best Player of the Conference awards (most in history), spiked by six consecutive in the all-Filipino (another PBA mark).

"I honestly don't think about it (awards). I always tell myself to cherish my awards but just keep them in my heart and not let them get to my head. I approach it as if I've never been a champion, I've never won an MVP, I've never won a BPC so I'll be motivated to do my best, " said the gentle giant from Cebu.

BEERMEN JUNE MAR FAJARDO PBA SAN MIGUEL
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