June Mar Fajardo experiences a lot of birth pain upon returning to active duty and fails to save the Beermen from the Bolts. —PHOTO COURTESY OF PBA IMAGES

San Miguel Beer cornerstone June Mar Fajardo played her first Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) game on Sunday to end a forced spell that began in February last year due to an injury to the tibia.

The league’s only six-time MVP registered at the end of the first period and his first attempt was a fade jumper thrown away from his natural habitat in the post.

He also missed his next three looks, finally hitting his target only in the third quarter, when San Miguel was already trying to regain the lead.

It wasn’t the best of comebacks, especially for a player who has long been the face of the league.

But Fajardo knew there was little chance he would pick up where he left off.

“I can’t say I’m one hundred percent,” he told SportsIQ.

“But I have confidence in myself and I can now play,” he added.

Fajardo finished with just five points, five rebounds and an assist in a 93-87 loss to Meralco, not bad considering he had been out for over a year and had no game. focus to talk about his return.

But Meralco’s Norman Black knows it will only be a matter of time before Fajardo and the rest of the Beermens rediscover their groove and flaunt that fearsome form again with the 6-foot-11 giant at their helm.

It should also explain how Black’s great men defended Fajardo with so much respect, as if he had never been injured at all.

And when it comes to Fajardo, he’s committed to working towards that goal.

“The conditioning went well. Even though I know that I am far from [the best shape], “he said.” But I’m doing everything to make up for it. I really have to. INQ

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