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    Paul Lee wins first Best Player award as Mike Harris named best import

    Dec 12, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    PAUL Lee of Magnolia won the first Best Player of the Conference award of his PBA career even as Alaska's Mike Harris captured the Best Import honor in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup.

    Lee beat Chris Banchero of Alaska, rookie Christian Standhardinger of San Miguel, NorthPort's Stanley Pringle, and Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar for the honor after leading the Hotshots to the finals of the season-ending conference.

    The award was the biggest in the seven-year career of the former University of the East star, who was named Rookie of the Year back in 2012.

    Harris edged Romeo Travis of Magnolia in a tight race for the Best Import honor, which was presented before Game Four of the Governors’ Cup finals between the Aces and the Hotshots.

    Lee received 1,013 points after topping the statistical points, media votes, player votes, and PBA votes to become the first Magnolia player since James Yap in 2010 to receive the honor.

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    Banchero finished a distant second with 753 points. Standhardinger placed third in BPC after tallying 659 points, followed by Stanley Pringle of NorthPort (520) and Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra (398).

    Harris, meanwhile, totaled 1,209 points after taking the top spot in the statistical points, media votes, and PBA votes. Travis topped the players votes but it was enough as he finished with 914 points.

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    Justin Bronwlee took third place with 679 points, while Allen Durham of Meralco placed fourth with 541 points.

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