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Fajardo catches fire late; Beermen down Texters to go 2-0 up in PBA semis

By Dugout Philippines

Junemar Fajardo stepped up for San Miguel in the most needed moments as he scored ten of his 15 points in the last 5:15 of the game to lead the team to an 87-81 win against Talk 'n Text in Game 2 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Fajardo, who also grabbed 12 rebounds, converted a crucial undergoal stab and converted eight free throws in succession to lead the Beermen's final charge to upend the Tropang Texters for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven encounter.

He finished with a perfect 11-of-11 from the free throw line.

The Beermen lost an 11-point cushion and even trailed, 48-52 in the third quarter.

But they regrouped and retook the lead for good later in the period.

Alex Cabagnot led San Miguel with 21 points.

Jayson Castro scored a game-high 26 markers for Talk 'n Text.

Box Scores:

San Miguel 87-Cabagnot 21, Fajardo 15, Lutz 14, Santos 10, Lassiter 8, Tubid 7, Fortuna 5, Pascual 3, Maierhofer 2, Ross 2, Kramer 0, Omolon 0, Chua 0, Semerad 0

Talk 'n Text 81-Castro 26, Washington 17, Rosser 11, De Ocampo 10, Carey 6, Fonacier 4, Aban 3, Williams 2, Seigle 2, Alapag 0, Alas 0, Reyes R.J. 0, Reyes R. 0, Espiritu 0

Quarterscores: 25-19, 41-40, 63-61, 87-81