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Fajardo on track of another BPC plum as he leads stats race

Junemar Fajardo tops the locals in statistical points, while Wendell McKines
is third among imports this Governors' Cup. PBA (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Junemar Fajardo could make another strong case for a Best Player of the Conference plum as he leads the pack in the PBA Governors' Cup statistical points through the semifinals.

The 6-10 beanpole, who helped lead San Miguel to its second finals appearance this season, averaged 36.2 statistical points, ahead of GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo, who had a 32.9.

Despite playing only eight games this conference, Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar made enough impression to land in third place with 30.6 Average SP's.

Fajardo's teammate Marcio Lassiter, who erupted for a career-high 31 points in Game 2 of the Beermen's semifinal series with the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters, took fourth place with 28.3 Average SP's.

NLEX's Asi Taulava continued to roll despite his old age as he tied Talk 'n Text's Jayson Castro in fifth spot with 28 Average SP's.

None of the players from the other finalist, Alaska, made the Top Ten with Chris Banchero and Calvin Abueva placing 13th and 14th respectively in the SP race.

On the other hand, Jarrid Famous led the imports in average SP's despite the Batang Pier getting eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Famous got 56.1 Average SP's, better than Barako Bull's Liam McMorrow, who had 53.2.

Wendell McKines, who scorched for a league season-high 53 points and led Rain Or Shine's furious Game 2 comeback against SMB, placed third with 52.4 Average SP's.

Ginebra's Orlando Johnson ranked fourth with 50.9 Average SP's, while AZ Reid, ranked fifth with 49.6 Average SP's.

Fajardo averaged 17.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 0.8 assist, 0.5 steal, and 1.2 blocks per game.

Meanwhile, Famous showed might by making 30.2 markers, 23 boards, 1.4 dimes, 0.4 steal, and two blocks a night.