After the quarterfinals dust were settled, TNT star guard Castro managed to create a little separation against San Miguel big man June Mar Fajardo in the Best Player of the Conference race after his quarterfinals explosion against Phoenix on Saturday.
Riding an incredible 42-point performance against the Fuel Masters, the two-time best point guard in Asia climbed to 42.2 SPs, now 2.4 higher of Fajardo’s 39.8 SPs in the season-ending conference.
They recently figured in a neck-to-neck battle for the BPC plum at the end of eliminations with just 0.9 SPs difference.
Through 11 games, Castro averages 21.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and conference-high 7.9 assists while Fajardo has 20.5 points and league-best 11.4 rebounds among locals.
Interestingly though, Fajardo is making a strong case for a third straight MVP plum on his collection against the same rival.
Garnering 39.5 average statistical points, Fajardo is ahead by 4.8 SPs over Castro, who had 34.7 SPs, after leading their respective teams to a quick route to the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup.
GlobalPort flashy playmaker Terrence Romeo logs at the third spot with 33.5 SPs.
Despite trailing behind the likes of Castro and Romeo on import-laden conferences, Fajardo banked on his strong showing in the Philippine Cup where he tallied 47.4 SPs.
Meanwhile, Meralco high-flying guard Chris Newsome closed the gap in the race for the Rookie of the Year award against TNT’s Troy Rosario.
While Rosario is still in the lead with 23.5 average SPs, Newsome is literally not far behind as he is just 0.1 short, thanks to his continues improvement in the third conference.
Blackwater rookie big man Art Dela Cruz completes the top 3 cast for the freshman award with 20.7 SPs. – By Jason Mercene