June Mar Fajardo on pace for fourth MVP nod as SMB giant leads Newsome, Slaughter in BPC race
June Mar Fajardo has a significant lead over Chris Newsome and Greg Slaughter in the Best Player of the Conference race for the Governors Cup.

JUNE Mar Fajardo remains on pace of winning a record fourth straight Most Valuable Player (MVP) award as he leads the race for the Best Player of the Conference at the end of the PBA Governors Cup eliminations.

The 27-year-old big man accumulated 37.90 Statistical Points (SPs) going to the playoffs despite San Miguel ending up as the sixth seeded team and without a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Fajardo averaged 18.5., 10.6 rebounds, and 2.0 block shots for the Beermen, who lost a Top Four finish in the quarterfinals following their heartbreaking 104-101 loss to the Meralco Bolts at the end of the elimination round Sunday.

Nonetheless, the 6-foot-11 Cebuano remains in the hunt of winning a second BPC award this season and sixth overall since the 2013-14Philippine Cup.

He also has a great shot of bagging a record fourth straight MVP plum should San Miguel advances deep into the playoffs.

Chris Newsome of No. 1 seed Meralco is running second with 33.273 SPs while comebacking Greg Slaughter of reigning champion Barangay Ginebra follows at third with 33.09 SPs.

Newsome, last season’s best rookie, is playing well for the Bolts in the season-ending meet with averages of 14.27 points, 6.64 rebounds, and 5.45 assists, while Slaughter makes a case for his first major individual award since winning Rookie of the Year in 2013-14 with his averages of 14.36 points and 9.73 rebounds per game.

Rounding up the Top five are Arwind Santos at fourth (32.73 SPs) and Jayson Castro at fifth (32.20 SPs).

Reigning Best Import Allen Durham of Meralco is also on track of winning the award for the second straight time as he leads the race for the Best Import  with 61.36 sps over TnT Katropa's Glen Rice Jr (55.62 SPs)

Santos (17.55 pts and 6.45 rebs.) is the other San Miguel player crowding out Fajardo for the award along with Alex Cabagnot, who is at sixth (15.45 pts, 5.36 rebs. and 4.45 assts).

Globalport guard Stanley Pringle who leads the league in scoring with an average of 19 points per game is at seventh with 29.44 sps, while Calvin Abueva of Alaska is at eighth with 29.00 sps and leads the league in rebounding with a 10.63 average.

Making up the rest of the Top 10 are Meralco’s Baser Amer  (28.9 sps) and Kevin Alas of NLEX (28.72 sps).

Chris Ross, the BPC winner of the Commissioner’s Cup, leads the league in assists (6.45) and steals (2.82), but only ranks 23rd in the race.

Durham has been impressive in his second straight tour of duty with the Bolts with his 27.82 points average and league-best 19.36 rebounds and 7.09 assists.

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Brandon Brown of Phoenix is at third with 54.5 sps and leads all imports in scoring with 34.83 average, followed at fourth by Henry Walker of Blackwater with 53.25 sps.

Curiously, Ginebra’s Justine Brownlee, who steered the Kings to the championship of the same conference last season, is only at seventh place with 46.909 sps. 

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