MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel Beermen's June Mar Fajardo continues his march towards unprecedented heights after bagging his 7th PBA Best Player of the Conference award.
Fajardo, considered as the most dominant Filipino player today, won via landside after amassing a total of 1153 points as he topped the statistical race and each of the player, media and league voting.
He bested Alaska Aces' Vic Manuel (766 points) and GlobalPort Batang Pier's Stanley Pringle (545 points) for the award presented by Master Sardines.
Breakdown of the #PBA2018 Commissioner’s Cup Best Player of the Conference and Best Import of the Conference awards: | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/M9z60I1T68 — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 3, 2018
The Cebuano stalwart already edged former San Miguel teammate and mentor Danny Ildefonso – who owns 5 – last April for the most number of BPC awards in the league's 43-year history. TNT KaTropa's Jayson Castro ranks 3rd with 4 trophies.
While Fajardo has been a regular BPC winner, it's the first time he clinched the honor in the Commissioner's Cup – having won 5 in the Philippine Cup and one in the Governor's Cup.
San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo is on a level of his own after winning his 7th Best Player of the Conference award. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/rQTnPbhAc2 — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 3, 2018
The reigning 4-time league Most Valuable Player had trailed Manuel in statistical points after the elimination round but he reclaimed the top spot after his Beermen defeated the Aces in 4 games in their best-of-5 semifinals. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.