Af­ter lead­ing stats, Fa­jardo on track for 4th MVP award

Manila Bulletin - - Sports - JUNE MAR FA­JARDO

San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fa­jardo re­mains on track for a fourth straight Most Valu­able Player award af­ter top­ping the Sta­tis­ti­cal Points race at the end of the PBA Gov­er­nors’ Cup semi­fi­nals.

Fa­jardo, the 6-foot-10 cen­ter from Cebu who al­ready holds the record of three con­sec­u­tive MVP plums, has ac­cu­mu­lated an av­er­age 38.58 SP in the race for the top in­di­vid­ual award this sea­son.

The win­ner of the sea­son MVP will be known in the PBA Leo Awards on Oct. 20, be­fore Game 4 of the Fi­nals between Barangay Gine­bra San Miguel and Mer­alco at the Smart Araneta Coli­seum. A fourth MVP by Fa­jardo would put him in an elite cat­e­gory that only two for­mer play­ers in the league have achieved as Ra­mon Fer­nan­dez and Alvin Pat­ri­mo­nio won four MVP tro­phies apiece.

Fer­nan­dez bagged MVP plums in 1982, 1984, 1986 and 1988, while Pat­ri­mo­nio, now a team man­ager of Star, won it in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997.

Fa­jardo has a huge lead over SMB team­mate Alex Cabag­not, who is at sec­ond with 32.96 SP. Also in the top 10 are SMB’s Ar­wind San­tos, who is at fifth with 30.97 SP, Chris Ross is at eighth slot with 30.40 SP, and Mar­cio Las­siter at 10th spot with 29.55 SP.

Fa­jardo, the Philip­pine Cup Best Player of the Con­fer­ence, and Ross, the BPC re­cip­i­ent in the Com­mis­sioner’s Cup, are out­right can­di­dates for the MVP derby to­gether with the BPC win­ner in the Gov­er­nors’ Cup.

—WAY­LON GALVEZ

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