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    June Mar Fajardo insists shot at historic third straight MVP award not a priority

    Sep 21, 2016
    June Mar Fajardo is trying to put a lock on a third straight MVP award. Jaime Campos

    AS always, big man June Mar Fajardo is putting the welfare of San Miguel ahead of himself.

    Although on track to possibly become the first player to win the MVP award three straight years in the 41-year history of the PBA, Fajardo said he’s not concern right now about making personal record.

    The fourth-year center stressed he’s more focus on helping the Beermen win the championship of the season-ending Governors Cup than thinking about bagging yet another MVP trophy.

    “Basta ang goal ko ngayon manalo ulit ng championship,” said the native of Pinamungahan, Cebu in his baritone voice.

    No player in league annals has won the MVP award three consecutive seasons. Only legends Bogs Adornado (1975-76), Alvin Patrimonio (1993-94), and Danny Ildefonso (2000-01) were able to win back-to-back MVPs.

    The 26-year-old Fajardo is among the top contenders for the league’s highest individual honor following the Beermen’s amazing comeback from 0-3 down to win the Philippine Cup championship against Alaska, coupled with a semifinals stint in the mid-season Commissioner’s Cup.


    [See Can anyone deny Fajardo a historic third straight MVP award?]

    He was named Best Player of the Conference during the all-Filipino, marking the fourth time he won the award. He’s in contention again for the same title this conference where he’s expected to crowd leading candidate Jayson Castro of TNT Katropa.

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    But none of that matters to Fajardo.

    “Gusto ko kasi makabawi nung lang conference,” he said, obviously referring to the team’s failed bid in the Commissioner’s Cup where the fancied Beermen were ousted by eventual champion Rain or Shine in the semifinals following San Miguel’s run-in with import Tyler Wilkerson.

    “Maganda sana kung nag champion rin kami nun.”

    The reigning champion is on track in its title-retention campaign after finishing as the No. 2 team going to the quarterfinal playoffs just behind top seed TNT.

    “Dito kami naka-focus ngayon. Sana nga magtuluy-tuloy,” said Fajardo.

    Asked anew on whether another MVP title isn’t significant for him, the league’s best big man today gave out a wry smile.


    “Bonus na lang sa akin yun kung ako ang mag-MVP,” added Fajardo.

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