PBA: June Mar leads BPC race, KJ is no. 1 import

ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 23, 2019 11:20 PM
PBA: June Mar leads BPC race, KJ is no. 1 import
KJ McDaniels of TNT paces the Best Import Derby with his averages of 37.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.5 blocks and 1.6 steals making up for his total SP norm of 62.1 an outing.

Five-time Most Valuable Player awardee and eight-time Best Player of the Conference honoree June Mar Fajardo is in the running for another precious ware as the leader of the BPC race in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup.

This time, Fajardo, however, is in a tight derby, with CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip, NLEX’s Kiefer Ravena, TNT KaTropa’s RR Pogoy and Meralco’s Raymond Almazan closely behind the SMB behemoth.

Among these players, essentially out of the race is Perez since his team failed to make it past the single-round-robin elimination phase.

With averages of 18.8 points, 13.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.2 blocks, Fajardo shows the way in the race with 38.4 statistical points per game, followed by Perez (37.2), Ravena (36.1), Pogoy (35.3) and Almazan (33.8).

Ravena, Pogoy and Almazan are coming in strong especially with their teams enjoying the crucial twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

The first big challenge for Fajardo at the moment is to help San Miguel Beer overcome its twice-to-win disadvantage versus Barangay Ginebra in their quarters matchup.

If the Beermen make the semifinals, then Fajardo would be a strong bet for a second BPC crown this season after his BPC coronation in the Philippine Cup.

As it is, the 6-foot-10 Cebuano giant is already the barometer in individual greatness in the local pro league in terms of individual awards won.

Ravena, Pogoy and Almazan are all eyeing a first BPC citation.

Narrowly missing the Top Five was TNT spitfire Jayson Castro (32.0), the winner of the Commissioner’s Cup BPC plum.

Next to Castro is Meralco’s Chris Newsome (30.9) then comes TNT’s Troy Rosario (29.3), NorthPort’s Christian Standhardinger (29.1) and Magnolia’s Ian Sangalang (29.09) to round out the Top 10.

KJ McDaniels of TNT paces the Best Import Derby with his averages of 37.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.5 blocks and 1.6 steals making up for his total SP norm of 62.1 an outing.

Next is NorthPort’s Michael Qualls (56.6), then Meralco’s Allen Durham (56.0), Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee (55.8) and NLEX’s Manny Harris (55.3).
 

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