Fajardo makes first basket – a jump shot from 15 feet out – in his first shot attempt back on the floor for the San Miguel Beermen.
San Miguel Beermen center June Mar Fajardo made his return to the lineup late in the first quarter of Game 5 of their PBA Philippine Cup Finals series against the Alaska Aces.
Fajardo, the 2016 PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference, made his first appearance on the floor since injuring his knee in Game 6 of the semi-final round against Rain or Shine nearly two weeks ago.
The reigning PBA most valuable player warmed up in full uniform hours before the start of the match, then made his return to action at the 1:12 mark of the first quarter.
According to reports inside the San Miguel camp, Fajardo made his return to practice one day prior to their Game 4 win over the Alaska Aces last Sunday.
Prior to his surprise return in Game 5, San Miguel Head Coach Leo Austria reiterated that he would not play June Mar Fajardo unless he sees himself ready to play and contribute for the team.
Fajardo made good early in his return to the fold, scoring six points on 2-for-3 shooting after playing 5 minutes and 13 seconds.