Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIREREven after having his best game in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform, June Mar Fajardo still defrayed the credit to the entire team.“I’m thankful to my teammates and to coach for the trust he gave me,” Fajardo said in Filipino after helping the Philippines hold off Chinese Taipei, 90-83, Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Gilas Pilipinas rallies, fends off Chinese TaipeiBut there’s no denying that Fajardo deserved all the praise for his stellar effort for the Philippines, which went unbeaten through two games in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Cebuano giant fired 17 points and collected eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in what was easily his best performance in a tournament of this magnitude. Fajardo, however, knows that the win came with its own set of lessons as Gilas’ resolve was tested after the team had to crawl back from an early 14-point deficit. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Reyes says Fajardo ‘saved’ Gilas vs Taipei Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES “This game showed us that we need to follow our game plan. We relaxed in the first quarter, but it’s good that we’re able to recover because of our defense,” said Fajardo, whom national team coach Chot Reyes hailed as Gilas’ savior against a resilient Taipei side.READ: Reyes says Fajardo ‘saved’ Gilas vs TaipeiComing to his own in front of a capacity crowd, fans couldn’t help but fantasize how much Fajardo can still improve in the international stage.But just like how he approaches any game, the four-time PBA MVP would rather stick to the system than hunt for his own stats.“This good game gave me a bit of a pressure, but I know all I had to do is to trust the team, trust coach’s system, and trust each other,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Arsene Wenger has admitted he is not disappointed by the poor turnout of Arsenal fans at the Emirates Stadium for Tuesday’s match against Sunderland.Alexis Sanchez scored twice as the Gunners secured a hard-fought 2-0 win, which ensures their hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League are alive heading into the final day of Premier League football.Their chances of reaching Europe’s premier competition are still out their hands, however, which meant there was little resting on the games against the Black Cats.Considering that, as well as the fact the game was played on a Tuesday night, the crowd at the Emirates was remarkably small. Just prior to kick-off the stadium appeared only half full, and even after the game had started there was not a vast improvement.There have been suggestions fans stayed away due to an ongoing boycott over Wenger remaining as Arsenal manager, after a season in which the relationship between the French coach and the Gunners faithful has soured.However, Wenger himself downplayed such suggestions, claiming the poor attendance is not a disappointment.Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “It’s not a disappointment for me. It’s a Tuesday night against Sunderland who are already relegated; for people there is not a lot at stake.“We expected it.”Sanchez once again showed his class for the Gunners by netting a brace against the ever-impressive Jordan Pickford in the Sunderland goal.Wenger was faced with further questions regarding the Chile forward’s future, with various reports suggesting he will leave the Emirates at the end of this season.Wenger added: “First of all he’s not at the end of contract, so a decision is quite obvious.“Secondly, I believe Alexis has developed as a player here and everybody notices that. He’s become a passer of the ball and a goalscorer; all his numbers are higher than ever. So he doesn’t waste his time here.”