JAYSON Castro settled for the next best thing as he took home the Best Player of the Conference award after the TNT Katropa fell short of a finals stint in the PBA Governors’ Cup.
The Texters superstar playmaker bagged the top individual plum in the season-ending tournament after edging June Mar Fajardo in the statistical points race while getting enough votes from media, players, and the Commissioner’s office.
The 30-year-old Castro, who collected 38.3 average SPs, five-tenths of a point ahead of Fajardo, won his fourth BPC award and first since the 2015 Commissioner’s Cup when he led the Texters to the title.
Castro is also in the running for the MVP award to be awarded before Game Four of the Finals between Ginebra and Meralco on Friday.
After powering the Bolts to a first-ever finals stint, Allen Durham was awarded as Best Import over Gin Kings counterpart Justin Brownlee.
The Bolts reinforcement finished behind Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps in the SPs race, but ahead of Brownlee.