MANILA, Philippines – June Mar Fajardo, the star player for San Miguel Beer, has returned from injury and helped his group defeat Talk ‘N Text to claim the all-Filipino championship.
Fajardo, who suffered a shattered right tibia two years ago, stormed to the front of the pack in the MVP race.
San Miguel center, June Mar Fajardo is found smiling as he celebrates a well deserved win at the PBA All-Filipino Cup.
With 42.6 statistical points after averages of 18.7 points, a league-best 14.2 rebounds, a league-best 3.1 assists, and 1.3 block shots in 26 games played, the “Kraken,”(as he is fondly called by many) who has already earned the Best Player of the Conference and Finals MVP for the Philippine Cup, is in the lead.
His San Miguel teammate CJ Perez, who leads the league with 2.5 steals per game, is closing in on second place with 37.9 statistical points on 18.4 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists.
With 37.8 statistical points (16.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.5 steals), Barangay Ginebra’s reigning MVP Scottie Thompson is in third place. He is followed by two other Gin Kings: Japeth Aguilar (17.1 points, 8.0 rebounds), who has 33.1 statistical points and a PBA-best 2.5 block shots, and Christian Standhardinger (32.8 statistical points) (14.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists).
Jamie Malonzo and Robert Bolick of NorthPort, Calvin Oftana of NLEX, and Mikey Williams and Roger Pogoy of TNT all made the top ten list.
Bolick has 32.63 statistical points, just ahead of Malonzo, who had 17.2 points and 10.3 rebounds (18.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists).
Williams, the Rookie of the Year from last year, is at No. 9 with 31 statistical points, while Oftana is ranked No. 8 (17.0 points, 7.8 rebounds). nine statistical factors (18.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists).
With 30.9 statistical points, Pogoy, who led the league in scoring with an average of 18.9 points, is in tenth place.
Meanwhile, Pogoy tops the PH Cup scoring charts, and Fajardo Lords’ rebounding is strong
The PBA Philippine Cup’s leading scorer, Mikey William, was replaced by RR Pogoy.
The Talk ‘N Text shooter, who replaced Williams following his shooting slump in the championship game versus San Miguel Beer, averaged 18.9 points over 25 games.
Pogoy scored as many as 31 points during the Texters’ seven-game championship series against the Beermen.
Williams, in contrast, was checked and was only able to score a career-low 2 points at one point in Game 6.
Meanwhile, June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel finished in third place with an average of 18.7 points. Robert Bolick (18.5) of NorthPort and CJ Perez, another member of the SMB team, were next to him (18.4).
Fajardo finally won the Player of the Conference and Finals MVP awards after dominating the boards with 14.2 rebounds per game.
Jamie Malonzo of NorthPort, who averaged 10.3 boards per game, was rated as the second best rebounder.
Roi Sumang, Perez, and Japeth Aguilar of Barangay Ginebra led the lead in assists, thefts, and shot blocks, respectively.
With 6.5 assists per game, Sumang leads former Phoenix star Matthew Wright (5.90), Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (5.86), Jio Jalalon of Magnolia (5.8), and Bolick (5.6).
With 2.5 steals, Perez outperformed Marc Barroca of Magnolia (2.3), Malonzo (1.9), Jalalon (1.84), and Calvin Oftana of NLEX (1.64).
With 2.6 shot blocks per game, Aguilar was the conference’s swat king. Arwind Santos (1.9) of NorthPort, Poy Erram (1.5) of TNT, and Malonzo (1.4) ran after him.
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As Finals MVP, June Mar Fajardo completes a successful All-Filipino season.
June Mar Fajardo has reclaimed his position as the greatest player in the PBA more than two years after he had a horrifying leg injury.
The San Miguel center won the 2022 PBA Philippine Cup’s Best Player of the Conference award before guiding the Beermen to victory. He recorded 19 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, and eight of his 11 field goal attempts in their title-clinching Game 7 victory over the TNT Tropang GIGA.
After averaging 19.0 points, 16.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 blocks per game, he was appropriately voted the Finals MVP. Kelly Williams, one of the best defenders in the league, spent the majority of the series guarding Fajardo, who shot an astounding 69.6 percent from the field.
His fourth Finals MVP award ties him for the most in league history with Danny Seigle, James Yap, and LA Tenorio.
The fact that his father saw him work so hard made the accomplishment much more memorable for June Mar. In honor of his late mother Marites, who passed away in October, Fajardo had devoted his season to her.
“Gusto ko pasalamatan ang papa ko, andito siya. Hindi na pwede ang mama ko,” Fajardo said after their 119-97 rout of TNT in Game 7. “Pero alam ko nanonood siya sa akin. Sana proud siya sa akin ngayon.”