Aug 11, 2019

Jayson Castro wins Gatorade BPC award, Terrence Jones named best import

TNT Katropa completed a sweep of the PBA Commissioner's Cup individual awards behind star players Jayson Castro and Terrence Jones.

Castro clinched the Gatorade Best Player of the Conference award, while Jones as expected, run away with the Best Import plum Sunday night just before Game 4 of the finals held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Both Katropa won their respective awards in runaway fashion.

The 33-year-old Castro totaled 1,077 points as he topped the media (458) and the PBA Commissioner's Office (150) votes, while coming second in players' votes (76) and statistical points (393).

He bested second placer and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo (762) and rookie Bobby Ray Parks (576) in winning his fifth Best Player of the Conference award.

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Castro, who received a P50,000 prize from Gatorade, last won the honor in the 2016 Governor's Cup.

Jones on the other hand, topped the statistical points (548) and swept the media (477), players (79), and PBA Commissioner's Office votes (150) in winning the Best Import award with a total of 1,254.

The former first round pick of the Houston Rockets in the 2012 NBA draft beat Barangay Ginebra's Justine Brownlee (882) and Chris McCullough of San Miguel (729) for the award.

He became the first TnT import to win the plum since Richard Howell in the 2014 Commissioner's Cup.

Fajardo topped the votes among players (82) and emerged second in both the media and PBA Commissioner's Office to finish a strong second behind Fajardo despite finishing just third in statistical points (384).

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Parks, last year's no.2 overall pick for Blackwater, topped the statistical points with 434 but only placed third in media, players, and PBA Commissioner's Office votes.

Two other rookies in Jaymar Perez (Columbian Dyip) and Robert Bolick (NorthPort) placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Perez totaled 428 points, while Bolick had 421.

Brownlee, last year's winner of the award, was a far runner-up to Jones after placing second in statistics and in votes among media and the Commissioner's Office.

Curiously, it was McCullough who emerged second in players' votes. Like Jones, the San Miguel import was a first round NBA pick by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2015 draft.

Carl Montgomery of Rain or Shine brought up the rear at fourth place with 399 points.(RG)