JAYSON Castro’s dominant performance in the recent semifinal series against Purefoods Star has helped him gain the lead in the race for the Commissioner’s Cup’s Best Player of the Conference plum.
'The Blur' compiled 35.3 statistical points at the end of the semis to overtake erstwhile leader and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer and stay on course for a third 'Best Player' award.
The diminutive Talk ‘N Text combo guard averaged 25 points while shooting 56 percent from three-point territory to help the Tropang Texters end the Hotshots’ bid for back-to-back Commissioner’s Cup championships.
The Guagua, Pampanga native won his first two BPC awards in the 2013 Philippine Cup and the 2014 Commissioner’s Cup.
Fajardo slipped to second spot in the BPC race with 34 SPs after the Beermen failed to make the playoffs, while Rain or Shine spitfire guard Paul Lee is now in third place with 32.1 SPs.
The six-foot Lee is seen as Castro’s main rival for the BPC award going to Rain or Shine and Talk 'N Text's finals showdown beginning on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Barangay Ginebra’s youthful center Greg Slaughter is in fourth spot with 31.7 SPs, while GlobalPort sophomore guard Terrence Romeo is fifth with 30.8.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Talk 'N Text's Ranidel de Ocampo in sixth spot with 29.5 SPs, Globalport rookie Stanley Pringle (26.1), Barako Bull’s JC Intal (25.4), and Meralco’s Gary David (24.8) and Cliff Hodge ( 24.7).