By: JC Ansis
June Mar Fajardo of the San Miguel Beermen is on track to bag another Best Player of the Conference award. The reigning MVP remains the frontrunner in statistical points through the semifinals of the 2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup.
According to the statistics released by the PBA on Thursday, Fajardo leads the league with 43.4 statistical points (SP). In the Philippine Cup, the three-time MVP is averaging 19.4 points, 15.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks.
Fajardo has distanced himself from GlobalPort’s Terrence Romeo, who placed second with 40.2 SPs. Alaska’s Calvin Abueva is in third with 31.9 SPs. Romeo led the league in scoring in the Philippine Cup but his team was eliminated in the quarterfinals against TNT. Abueva’s Aces, meanwhile, fell to Barangay Ginebra despite holding a twice-to-beat edge.
But Fajardo isn’t the only Beermen who made the top five. Arwind Santos and Alex Cabagnot, who both have been instrumental in San Miguel’s campaign this conference, have 31.79 and 31.76 SPs, respectively.
The criteria for the BPC award comprise of statistical points (40%), press and media votes (30%), players’ votes (25%) and the Commissioner’s Office (5%).
If Fajardo does win the BPC plum this conference, it would be the fifth of his career — putting him in a tie with his mentor and former SMB star and Danny Ildefonso. It will also be his fourth Phiippine Cup BPC trophy.
The recipient of the Best Player of the Conference award will be announced before Game 4 of the finals series between San Miguel and Barangay Ginebra on March 4 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Meanwhile, Matthew Wright of the Phoenix Fuel Masters is still the top rookie with 30.5 SPs after averaging 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists this conference.
Blackwater’s Mac Belo (27.7 SPs), Star’s Jio Jalalon (21.2 SPs), TNT’s RR Pogoy (20.5 SPs) and Ginebra’s Kevin Ferrer (21.1 SPs) round out the top five rookies.