Most Valuable Player again

January 13, 2019

BOCAUE, Bulacan -- Sweeter the fifth time around for June Mar Fajardo  of San Miguel Beer.

As expected,  Fajardo bagged his fifth straight  PBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) award during the Leo Awards on Sunday at the Philippine Arena here.     Fajardo surpassed Alvin Patrimonio of Pureoods  and Mon Fernandez  of Toyota/San Miguel Beer with the most number of MVP trophies.

It is also the PBA record for most number of MVPs won in consecutive years.

Fajardo, who averaged 20.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks for the Beermen last year, garnered 2, 436 points to beat Stanley Pringle of NorthPort  Batang Pier for the award.

Pringle, the  new scoring champion, had 2,041 points.

The 6-10 pride of Compostela, Cebu won in the media votes with 777, and the PBA votes with 300, while accumulating 1,032 statistical points and 327 player votes.

Pringle topped the statistical points with 1,107 and player votes with 395, but got  only 389 media votes and 150 PBA votes.

Pringle is also   set to be honored   by  the PBA Press Corp  as  the   scoring champion for being the league’s top gunner last season  with an average of 21.0 points per outing.

Jason Perkins of Phoenix edged former La Salle teammate Jeron Teng of Alaska  Milk for the Rookie of the Year award.

Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine bagged the Sportsmanship Award and Scottie Thompson of Ginebra was named Most Improved Player.

In winning the Most Improved Player award,  Thompson averaged 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals  in Season 43.

He had 8.5 points. He averaged  7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from the season before.

Fajardo and Pringle were joined by Paul Lee of Magnolia, Japeth Aguilar of Ginebra and Marcio Lassiter of  San Miguel in the first PBA Mythical Team.

Thompson. Mark Barroca of Magnolia, Arwind Santos of San Miguel, Poy Erram of Blackwater and Matthew Wright of Phoenix were named to the second Mythical Team.

Fajardo, Norwood, Rafi Reavis of Magnolia, Rome Dela Rosa of Magnolia and Chris Ross of San Miguel were named to the All-Defensive Team.

The Leo Awards presentation was held before the opening game between Ginebra and Talk N Text.