MANILA, Philippines–San Miguel used weapons of both old and new to take down Rain or Shine, 99-93, in the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Cornerstone June Mar Fajardo played with sustained brilliance while CJ Perez delivered the scoring punch as the Beermen rose to 5-1 overall to claim the solo leadership of the race.
“We’re not able to finish early—in the third or the first few minutes of the fourth quarter—but this game should develop the character of the team,” said head coach Leo Austria.
“We’re now learning how to win tight games. Before, we knew how to. But because a lot of original players are no longer with the team, and because our injuries [we have to re-learn],” he added.
Fajardo finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and a…