Fajardo continues to write history after winning fifth PBA Best Player of the Conference award

By Patrick Sutare

QUEZON CITY--Needless to say, we are indeed living in the Junemar Fajardo era.

The 6-foot-10 San Miguel prized big man remains to be a force to reckon with in the league, winning his fifth PBA Best Player of the Conference Award and fourth straight for the All-Filipino Conference.

The feat matches former SMB superstar Danny Ildefonso's number of the said award where the former two-time MVP, and incidentally Fajardo's erstwhile mentor, dominated the league for five straight conferences from the 2000 Commissioner's Cup up to the 2001 Governors' Cup.

At 27 and still with a significant number of prime playing years in his belt, Fajardo stays on pace in surpassing Ildefonso's historical number of BPC silverwares, keeping a strong case of being the most dominant player the PBA has ever seen.

"The Kraken'' averaged 19.9 points, 16 rebounds, 1.73 assists and 1.82 blocks in the tourney through the semifinal phase, beating teammates Arwind Santos and Cabagnot, GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo and Alaska's Calvin Abueva, convincingly.

He registered a total of 1,217 points, way ahead of Romeo's 711, Santos' 556, Cabagnot's 381 and Abueva's 370.

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