Fajardo back in the hunt for Best Player

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Sunday, February 16, 2014


AFTER leading Petron Blaze Boosters as far as the semifinal round, June Mar Fajardo is now on the brink of winning his first Best Player of the Conference award.

With only a few days left before the awarding rites, Fajardo holds a wide margin in the statistical points average department, leaving his close chasers in the dust, including erstwhile front-runner Japeth Aguilar of the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings.

Aguilar, who held the lead briefly after Fajardo injured himself last December, slipped back to third place, behind Petron stalwart Arwind Santos, last season’s Most Valuable Player.

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Fajardo is holding a 38.8 average SPs, Santos is at second place with 35.8 and Aguilar is at third place with 35.2.

But as PBA cut the contenders for the race to the top five, Farjardo’s lead is safe and sound as nobody from the finals protagonists is in the short list.

Trailing Aguilar is GlobalPort Batang Pier’s Jay Washington, who had 34.1, and rookie center Gregg Slaughter of Ginebra is fifth with 33.6.

With the numbers secured, Fajardo’s chance of winning the Philippine Cup’s BPC title now lies on his on and off court behavior.

The other component of the BPC award lies on the votes of the media, fellow players, coaches, and the PBA commissioner’s office.

Completing the top 10 contenders for the BPC title are reigning title holder Jayson Castro of Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters (32.2), Sonny Thoss of Alaska Aces (30.4), Asi Taulava of Air21 (29.9), Ranidel de Ocampo of TnT (29.2) and Mark Barroca of San Mig Coffee Super Mixers (29.2).

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 17, 2014.

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