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Bono thankful to Meralco coach Black for longer playing time vs SMB

Ken Bono was able to keep Junemar Fajardo at bay in the third quarter. PBA Media Bureau
By Ivan Saldajeno

ANTIPOLO—Ken Bono is now a far cry from his UAAP MVP self in 2006.

In fact, he has only been seen in limited action for most of his PBA career.

But with Meralco depleted for its Wednesday night showdown with San Miguel especially that the team was looking to control Junemar Fajardo in the paint, Coach Norman Black had to deploy the burly Bono.

Despite playing for only 11 and a half minutes, which is already considered long for him, the six-foot-six big guy is thankful to Black for the playing time.

"Thankful ako sa opportunity na binigay niya," Bono told reporters after the game. "Ginawa ko lang yung best ko na makatulong sa team lalo na ako ang bantay ni Junemar."

Unfortunately for him, Fajardo came alive in the fourth quarter as he helped the Beermen hold off the Bolts, 103-97, at the Ynares Center.

But for Bono, it was a typical type of game for the reigning MVP.

"Actually di mo naman mai-i-stop si Fajardo. Kailangan i-contain mo lang," Bono continued.

Good thing for him, he delivered offensively as well in a way, going 4-for-4 from the field for eight points with one steal.

"Siguro naging ready lang. Yun yung factor," he reacted about his relatively impressive game.

He then told his fellow seldom-used players to be prepared as well.

"Kailangang maging ready ka every game. Malay mo, anytime bubunutin ka ng coach mo," he advised.

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