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June Mar Fajardo claims first Best Player of the Conference prize

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June Mar Fajardo claims first Best Player of the Conference prize
February 21, 2014 8:10pm

PBA: Junemar Fajardo wins 2014 Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference award. Nuki Sabio

The Kraken has been unleashed.

June Mar Fajardo, top pick in the 2012 PBA Draft, was named Best Player of the 2013-14 Philippine Cup, Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, in a short ceremony prior to the start of game four of the Finals.

"Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga taong sumusuporta sakin, sa mga co-players ko at sa fans nagp-pray na makuha ko 'to," he said. "Nagpapasalamat rin ako kay God na binibigyan ako ng maraming blessings."

The 6'11" center from the University of Cebu led the Petron Blaze Boosters with averages of 16.4 points, 14.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks. Petron went 1-2 in games with the big man sidelined due to injury, but when healthy, he was a huge part of the team's 10-4 finish after the elimination round.

"Basta ako naglalaro lang ako. Ang goal ko lang sa pagalalaro ng team ay makakuha ng championship. Yung awards, rewards lang yun sa paglalaro pero yung pinaka-prize parin yung championship," Fajardo added.

Last year's first overall pick in the rookie draft, Fajardo in his rookie season normed 12.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per outing. He was named to the All-Rookie team and finished second to the Alaska Aces' Calvin Abueva in the rookie of the year race.

Despite Fajardo putting up 20.0 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in their semifinals series against Rain or Shine, Petron was eliminated in five games. - AMD, GMA News

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