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    June Mar Fajardo on pace to make history anew after widening lead in Best Player race

    Mar 24, 2018
    SMB's June Mar Fajardo averaged a league-best of 22.9 points and 1.8 block shots, while finishing second in rebounds with an average of 12.9 per game, through the semis. Jerome Ascano

    JUNE Mar Fajardo is poised to make history anew before the PBA Philippine Cup is over.

    The San Miguel big man currently leads  the race for the league’s Best Player of the Conference award and is on pace to win the individual title a record sixth time.

    By the end of the semifinals, the 6-foot-10 center of Cebu has amassed a total of 44.2 statistical points to widen the gap against his four other pursuers as the Beermen marched to their fourth straight finals stint in the all-Filipino conference opposite the Magnolia Hotshots.

    Fajardo has made a case for another BPC award after averaging league-best of 22.9 points and 1.8 block shots, while finishing second in rebounds with an average of 12.9 per game.

    The 28-year-old University of Cebu alumnus, who just last season made history by becoming the first player to win the MVP plum four years in a row, is currently tied with former San Miguel teammate and mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most number of the BPC awards with five each.

    Out of those in the Top Five, only SMB's Arwind Santos is seeing action in the finals, although the former MVP is running a far third with 36.4 SPs.

    Japeth Aguilar is at second behind Fajardo with 36.7 SPs, and could have given the league’s top center a good fight for his money had Barangay Ginebra not been ousted by San Miguel in the semifinals.

    Globalport guard Stanley Pringle (36.1 SPs) and the vastly-improve Jaypee Erram (35.3 SPs) of Blackwater finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

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    The winner of the BPC race will be announced before Game 4 of the title series.

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    SMB's June Mar Fajardo averaged a league-best of 22.9 points and 1.8 block shots, while finishing second in rebounds with an average of 12.9 per game, through the semis. Jerome Ascano
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