MOST READ Fajardo and he rest of San Miguel badly wanted to take the victory for coach Leo Austria and his wife Nanette, who just underwent kidney transplant earlier in the day.READ: Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It wasn’t easy for him [coach Leo],” remarked the Cebuano giant in [email protected]’s June Mar Fajardo shares how important the qf win vs TNT was, not just for the team’s 4-peat chances, but also for coach @austrialeo. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/I77UcXzOAb 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018Fajardo finished with a game-high 35 points on a 15-of-19 shooting clip, to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks as he guided his side back to the semifinals to make the day a little more sweeter for the Beermen.The win, coupled with the operation’s success, gave them — especially Austria — all the more reason to celebrate.READ: Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semisADVERTISEMENT “We really needed to win because we can’t afford to give them the momentum,” said Fajardo. “We just focused and the credit should go to my teammates because we all stepped up.”With San Miguel one step closer in its quest for a four-peat in the all-Filipino conference, Fajardo said the Beermen should take advantage of their break as they await their opponent, either Ginebra or Rain or Shine, in the semis.“We need to rest and be ready for the semis because nothing’s going to be easy. We need to practice well no matter who our opponent is,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAggressive from the get-go, June Mar Fajardo seemed like a man on a mission on Tuesday in San Miguel’s quarterfinal tussle against TNT in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.The four-time PBA Most Valuable Player played with a purpose and set the tone for the Beermen with his unstoppable game in the paint which paved the way for the 106-93 drubbing of the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia fights back from 20 down, frustrates GlobalPort to gain semis seat
5 4. His pass completion rate of 83 per cent is excellent – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Bettered only by Steven Gerrard among the attack-minded midfielders in Liverpools ranks, Milner has displayed an excellent level of ball retention for Man City this season, despite being used in a number of roles, including as a striker, by boss Manuel Pellegrini. 5 James Milner sometimes gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to opinion among English football fans. The Manchester City player may not have the star quality of Yaya Toure or the flair of Sergio Aguero, but he remains one of the most underrated stars in the Premier League and one that could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for many clubs.At the end of the season Milner will be available for nothing and is arguably an ideal signing for a club such as Liverpool, who need battle-hardened consistent performers.For those of you still uncertain, take a look at some of these reasons why he should be snapped up.Click the arrow for more.Liverpool fans, do you think James Milner would be a good signing? Comment below… 2. He’s a winner (72.2 per-cent win percentage) – Click the arrow for another stand-out statistic – This is the win percentage Man City have enjoyed with Milner on the pitch so far this season. Of his 18 league appearances this season, the England international has been on the winning side 13 times, drawing four and losing just once. Check out five stats that show James Milner would be a great free transfer for Liverpool, starting with no. 5. Man City score much more goals WITH Milner in the team – 2.3 v 1.5 goals per game. Now click the arrow above to see four more stats that show Milner would be a good signing – When Milner has been on the pitch City have been far more potent this season. While it is not just down to the England man, it is interesting to see how City compare on the attacking front with and without him. In the Premier League, they have scored on average 2.3 goals-per-game with him, compared to just 1.5 when he has not played. 3. With 35 chances created, Milner supplies plenty of opportunities to score – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Gifted at creating chances wherever on the pitch he plays, Milner has presented team-mates with 35 goal scoring opportunities in the Premier League alone this season, with five resulting in goals. This is only bettered by Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling and stands far above Liverpools more naturally creative players. 5 5 5 1. 83 per-cent of tackles won – A statistic that underlines the all-round strength of James Milners game, this is a player that is not only capable of threatening in attack, but can also perform well in defensive aspects. While he may not be as busy as more defensive-minded players in this regard, his 83 per-cent success rate in tackling is very impressive and is better than Liverpools current midfield options.