Fajardo wins third Best Player award; Travis named Best Import

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Fajardo wins third Best Player award; Travis named Best Import
The reigning league MVP Fajardo is Best Player once more as Alaska's Romeo Travis wins Best Import for the Governors' Cup

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – June Mar Fajardo adds one more hardware to his collection as he bagged his third Best Player of the Conference award in the 2015 PBA Governors’ Cup on Sunday, July 12 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

This is Fajardo’s second Best Player award this season to go with his Best Player plum from the Philippine Cup, where the San Miguel Beermen emerged as champions.

Fajardo, the reigning league MVP and a strong candidate for a second consecutive MVP award, averaged 17.76 points, 11.76 rebounds, and 1.18 blocks per game up until this conference’s semifinals.

The 6-foot-10 big man, who also won the Best Player award in the 2014 Philippine Cup, ran away with the award with 1134 points, which is a compilation of statistics, media, player and PBA votes.

Globalport’s Terrence Romeo trailed Fajardo with 662 total points, while fellow San Miguel teammate Marcio Lassiter followed with 519 points.

At 42 years old, NLEX big Asi Taulava is still in the thick of the Best Player race with 345 points, edging Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar by just 3 points.

Jayson Castro, last conference’s Best Player, had 326 points.

Meanwhile, Alaska’s Romeo Travis took home the Best Import award after a steady overall performance this Governors’ Cup as he normed 24 points, 12.93 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 52.2% field goal shooting until the semifinals.

Travis, who garnered 1060 points, bested San Miguel’s two-time Best Import Arizona Reid despite a slow Game 1 performance of just 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Aces fell by 30 points.

Travis powered Alaska as the do-it-all guy as his team finished the eliminations as the top seed.

Reid was not far behind with 1023 points while Rain or Shine’s Wendell McKines and Star’s Marqus Blakely followed with 748 and 497 points, respectively.

Alaska and San Miguel are in the thick of a rematch in the Finals with the Beermen leading one game to none.

 – Rappler.com

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