Cebuano top rookie pick Fajardo to play with new PBA team against Cesafi selection on Sept. 9By Jonas Panerio
Cebu Daily News
June Mar Fajardo makes his much-awaited return to the Cebu Coliseum but this time, he will be playing against his former contemporaries as he dons the jersey of the Petron Blaze Boosters, which takes on the all stars of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) in an exhibition game on Sept. 9.
The game is part of the festivities of the all-star weekend of the Cesafi, one that will still include the usual juniors division all-star game and the three-point shootout and slam dunk competition of the seniors class.
All eyes will be on Fajardo, the 6-foot-10 giant formerly of the University of Cebu, who was the first pick of the recent PBA Rookie Draft.
Before he turned pro, Fajardo was the biggest name in Cebu basketball, carrying the Webmasters to two titles in the Cesafi before joining the San Miguel Beermen in the Asean Basketball League.
Joining Fajardo in Petron will be another compatriot in veteran Dondon Hontiveros, also a former Webmaster who is slowly returning to form after recovering from knee surgery.
The other stars coming are former MVP Danny Ildefonso, Alex Cabagnot, former Smart-Gilas stalwarts Chris Lutz and Marcio Lassiter, Joseph Yeo, Jay Washington and Arwind Santos.
Facing the Petron squad will be the best players of the Cesafi, which will be announced later on according to league commissioner Felix Tiuknihoy.