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Fajardo leads MVP race; Pringle on top of rookie ladder

Reigning MVP Junemar Fajardo could go for back-to-back plums this year.
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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--As far as the statistical points are concerned, Junemar Fajardo could be on his way to a second straight PBA MVP award.

San Miguel's prime center once again led all the players in average SP's through the semifinals of the Governors' Cup in the battle for the league's top individual prize.

Fajardo, the third-year beanpole from UC, garnered 37.1 Average SP's after tabulating his average SP's for the ongoing tournament, where his team is in the finals, and the two prior conferences, the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner's Cup.

Talk 'n Text's Jayson Castro placed second with 29.09 Average SP's, while Ginebra's own tower, Greg Slaughter, was at close third with 29.07.

NLEX's Asi Taulava was in fourth with 28.2 Average SP's, while Rain Or Shine's Paul Lee rounded up the Top 5 with 28.1.

Meanwhile, GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle is a cinch for the Rookie of the Year award as he tallied 27.9 Average SP's, leading all freshmen and seventh overall in the MVP race.

Talk 'n Text's Matt Rosser took second spot in the rookie ladder with 22.5 Average SP's, while Blackwater's third-round pick Brian Heruela barged his way to third place with 20.5.

Alaska's Chris Banchero and Barako Bull's Jake Pascual comprised the other members of the Top 5 with 18.7 and 16.4 Average SP's respectively.

The season average statistical points for each player is the sum of 40 percent of his average Philippine Cup SP's and 30 percent of each of his average SP's for the import-spiced conferences.

Votes from the press, the players, and the Commissioner's Office will also matter in choosing this year's MVP and Rookie of the Year.