October 20, 2017

Fajardo, Pogoy big winners at The Leos

JUNE Mar Fajardo's legacy as a multi-awarded PBA player continues as he copped his fourth straight season MVP trophy Friday highlighting the Leo Awards at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

After points culled from statistics and votes from members of the players, PBA and media, Fajardo beat out teammates Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot.

His latest award tied the San Miguel Beer center with league legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio as the only ones with four MVP's under their belt. But the 27-year-old notched another record when he became the youngest to reach the plateau.

Although Fajardo was thankful for the award, which came with his fourth First Mythical Team selection and third All-Defensive Team inclusion, he still pines for the foiled Grand Slam bid by SMB for the season.

"Goal namin talaga mag-champion this conference, pero hindi ibinigay,e," said Fajardo. "Pero very thankful pa rin ako sa mga teammates ko, coaches, kasi sila tumutulong sa akin para mag-improve pa lalo.

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"Para din sa mga fans kasi dahil sa kanila kaya ako nag-tra-try ng best every game."

Following a season in which SMB won the first two championships at stake, Fajardo, Ross, Cabagnot and teammate Arwind Santos were named to the First Mythical Team along with Ginebra's Japeth Aguilar.

It marked the first time four players from one team made it to said selection.
Accompanying Fajardo in the All-Defensive Team are Aguilar, Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine, Jio Jalalon of Star and Ross.

Roger Pogoy of TNT shared the spotlight with Fajardo by bagging the Rookie of the Year plum
Others given trophies by presentors led by Commissioner Chito Narvasa and members of the PBA Board were Norwood as Sportsmanship awardee, and Ross as Most Improved Player.

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In the Second Mythical Team are Jayson Castro and Kelly Williams of TNT, LA Tenorio and Joe Devance of Ginebra, and Cliff Hodge of Meralco.