Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ He won his seventh Best Player of the Conference award, the most in PBA history, and reached 5,000 career points on during Game 4 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Fajardo, however, readily looked past the accomplishments after San Miguel got embarrassed at the hands of Barangay Ginebra, 130-100, and saw the series get tied at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Fajardo takes home 7th PBA Best Player of Conference award “I have not thought about it,” said Fajardo in Filipino about his newly won trophy and career milestone. “But it’s been a blessing for me that I won the BPC and I’m thankful to God, to my teammates, to the coaching staff, and credit goes to all of them.” Fajardo pertained to Games 2 and 3 when the Beermen annihilated the Gin Kings 135-109 and 132-94, respectively, with the third game’s margin tying the league record for the biggest win in a finals game.“We have to work hard if we want to win the next game because Ginebra won’t give up,” said Fajardo who had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. “This loss was a lesson for us, we have to rest and bounce back in the next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump hits back at LeBron James over racial division comments “I won’t be able to do any of this if it weren’t for them. But that’s all history since we lost this game so we have to regroup and we have to bounce back in the next game.”Fajardo entered the 5,000-point club in the 7:49 mark of the fourth quarter but it looked like a meaningless basket in the grander scheme of Game 4 as the Beermen were trailing 111-85 at that point.READ: PBA Finals: Brownlee, Ginebra tie series with 30-point rout of San MiguelThe PBA’s reigning four-time MVP said the championship is the more important thing for him.“We have to win the next game because this series just became a best-of-three and getting that next one isn’t that easy,” said Fajardo, who reached his scoring milestone in 287 games. “Although we were able to blow Ginebra out twice in a row it won’t mean we’ll be able to do it again.”ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs June Mar Fajardo is a man of many awards and achievements.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms
WHITTIER – Whittier High School probably won’t be playing in next week’s CIF-Southern Section boys soccer playoffs. But the Cardinals weren’t exactly complaining Wednesday afternoon. Whittier, using a commitment to defense, instead was all smiles after scoring a 1-0 victory over host California in a Del Rio League game. The Cardinals, who scored the only goal on a header by Pablo Duarte, finished 7-8-2 overall and tied La Serna for fourth place, both with 4-4-2 league marks. California (11-8-1, 5-5), despite the loss, is the league’s No. 3 playoff representative by virtue of its five league wins. Whittier and La Serna, which tied Santa Fe on Wednesday, can receive at-large bids. “I’m very proud of my kids. They are very happy to beat Cal High,” said Whittier co-head coach Sal Mendoza, whose team swept the Condors in the season series. “This game was not big just because we had a shot at CIF, but we wanted to end the season with a win and beat a team like Cal High.” The Cardinals did it with defense. They held California to eight shots and constantly frustrated the Condors by controlling the middle of the field. “It was a hard day,” California coach Dave Rolfe said. “They shut the door on us. Once they got that goal (in the second half), they just packed it in.” The score in question came early in the second half. Mario Equer started the run by sending in a deep pass down the right sideline to Heder Guillen. The senior forward then dribbled in before launching a crossing pass to Duarte, who was in perfect position to head the ball to the left of goalie Johann Harich in the 42nd minute. Cal’s best chance came in the 66th minute on a throw-in by Michael Paz. The ball first bounced off goalie Gustavo Anaya, but Freddy Limon’s rebound shot was wide. “I did drop everybody back,” Mendoza said. “But I shifted over to Paz because I knew he could decide the game.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!