PBA: Kyt Jimenez bids goodbye to long hair, hello to championship

PBA: Kyt Jimenez bids goodbye to long hair and hello to championship

/ 08:32 PM February 16, 2024

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San Miguel Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo holds on to teammate Kyt Jimenez’s pony tail after their team won the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. –MARLO CUETO/INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—Kyt Jimenez became a man of his word after San Miguel won the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday.

Right after the Beermen’s heart-stopping 104-102 win over Magnolia to win the conference title, June Mar Fajardo immediately looked for rookie Jimenez in the middle of the celebration.

Why? Well, the two swingmen made a deal at the beginning of the season that if San Miguel wins a championship, the rookie would have to cut off his long hair.

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Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened in the Beermen’s locker room with Fajardo holding Jimenez’s ponytail and Chris Ross doing the honors while his other teammates poured beer on him.

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Kyt Jimenez gets a haircut from his teammates in the middle of the San Miguel celebration inside the locker room. –MELO FUERTES/INQUIRER.net

“My hair was so long [it reached my back.] When I got drafted ino San Miguel, me and kuya June Mar became close and it became our deal that if we become champions, automatically, I will have my hair cut,” said a soaking Jimenez in Filipino.

“Come Philippine Cup maybe, I’ll have a new hairstyle.”

Jimenez didn’t seem to mind about his hair that had been growing for a while.

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It was a great trade-off, anyway. Lose your hair, gain a championship—in your rookie year, no less.

Though the shifty guard barely saw action for San Miguel this season, he was still pretty ecstatic about winning a title right away, not just in his first season but in his first conference in the big league.

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“I’m just a rookie but already a champion,” said Jimenez. “It really feels good because almost everyone knows that I only played in ligang labas, dumadayo (local leagues) but for me, the Lord created a good path on how to get here. I’m so thankful for all the supporters.”

With the PBA All-Filipino Cup looming, San Miguel may have more minutes to assign the first-year slasher, especially with Terrence Romeo battling ankle injuries.

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