There’s a strong possibility that the Best Player of the Conference will boil down to a two-way race between June Mar Fajardo and Calvin Abueva as the both players were left standing after the quarterfinals.
Don’t look now but Fajardo is back in the picture as the BPC race heads into the homestretch.
The reigning back-to-back MVP jumped from no. 9 at the end of the eliminations to barge into the Top 5 after the quarterfinals tying Carlo Lastimosa with 28.5 Statistical points while Calvin Abueva (33.1) also zero in on race leader Greg Slaughter (34.2).
Slaughter will no longer earn points as Brgy. Ginebra did not advance to the semifinals and same with Terrence Romeo (33), Jayson Castro (29.8) and Lastimosa.
Marcio Lassiter (28.5), JR Quiñahan (27.8), rookie Chris Newsome (27.2) and Cliff Hodge (26.8) are also looking to gain a foothold in the race as all players will have at least 3 games to earn more SPs in the semifinals.
But with Fajardo regaining top form and possibly awakened by Rain or Shine import’s psy-war in their ongoing semis battle, it is imperative for Abueva to have a superb series against Meralco for a shot at his first ever Best Player Conference award.
While Fajardo failed to get the 10 bonus points in Game 1, he delivered MVP-like numbers of 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks against 3 turnovers and 4 fouls.
Statistical points (SP) are computed as follows:
1 SP for every point scored, rebound assist, steal and shot blocked
10 bonus points for every game won where the player played up to the semifinals
15 bonus points for every game won where the player played in the Finals
Deduction of 1 SP for every turnover, 5 SP for every technical or flagrant foul without ejection, and 15 SP for any technical or flagrant foul that results in an ejection
Fajardo and Abueva are set to earn more points if their teams can earn return trips to the Finals with 15 bonus points to be given for every won game. But more than the SPs, it’s the votes which will be more telling.
The criteria used in the BPC race are as follows:
40% average statistical points
30% press and media votes
25% players’ votes
5% Commissioner’s Office
If Fajardo can zero in on the leaders, then there’s still a great possibility that he can score his 3rd straight and tie his former mentor Danny Ildefonso for the most number of BPC awards with 5. – By Alder Almo
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