Unfazed by Fajardo, Beermen, Johnson leads Painters to ‘statement win’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — The last time Reggie Johnson faced Christian Standhardinger, the Fil-German dropped 40 points against him in Bangkok when they were still playing in the ASEAN Basketball League.But for the hefty Rain or Shine reinforcement, revenge was the least of his worries.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I don’t look at it as redemption,” Johnson said after the Elasto Painters’ 123-119 overtime victory over the famed Beermen.“This is a whole new league, a whole new season, a whole new team. I know San Miguel is the favorite team, the favorite to win it, but I don’t care. I ain’t laying down for nobody.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJohnson posted 27 points, 19 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks to lead Rain or Shine as it takes solo leadership early in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The 28-year-old Johnson, though, feels it was a “statement game” for the Elasto Painters as they toppled the defending champions featuring their bluechip rookie Standhardinger and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Austria says Gillenwater up for evaluation: ‘We’re not impressed’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “As soon as I arrived here, my first question was about June Mar. I didn’t know who June Mar was until their first game,” Johnson admitted. “But I’m a competitor. I’m not gonna be afraid of him cause of his name.”Johnson did give props to Fajardo.“It was a fun game. He’s a good player. He played hard and it was exciting to get the win.”But his main focus remains on Rain or Shine as he aims to sustain his flow with his team as it turns its attention to GlobalPort next Sunday.“We gotta continue to play well and clear some things on our end to continue to be great,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img

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