THE scrimmage was at that point down to its last belonging on Monday.
San Miguel, energized from the all-inclusive break and inspired to make up for itself from a bombed Grand Slam offer, was cheery as the group gradually checked during the time and the days before the beginning of the new PBA season.
Lead trainer Leo Austria was prepared to blow his whistle for the day’s training as he motioned one final play to his wards.
Everybody was secured, and that last belonging saw five-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo catch a wayward pass and rapidly race down the floor with his mark grin, prepared to end the session with one final open lay-up.
And afterward, debacle struck.
In a pop heard around the Acropolis Greens rec center and sent shockwaves over the group, the delicate Cebuano mammoth tumbled to the floor in one pile even before he could take off for a left alone layup.
Paralyzed Beermen players, staff, and mentors looked on as Fajardo squirmed miserably, all mindful of the overwhelming ramifications damage of such size intends to the scene of the PBA.
Afterward, the doctors’ discoveries affirmed everyone’s worst dread: the SMB genius had endured a cracked right tibia that precluded him for the all-Filipino gathering, and maybe for the entire 2020 PBA season.
With Fajardo out uncertainly, San Miguel’s mission for a 6th consecutive Philippine Cup – and a second Perpetual Trophy – likewise flashed before their eyes.
However all the Beermen thought about by then was the welfare of the group’s primary man, who is one of the most practical colleagues one would ever experience.