NorthPort Guard Stanley Pringle entered the MVP conversation in an almost filthy way and posed a risk to the San Miguel Center June Mar Fajardo's historic streak.
While Fajardo missed the main part of the PBA Governors Cup due to the fracture fracture, Pringle slowed slowly and took the pole position in the statistical rally that collected 35.5 SPs who took over the 6-foot-10-giant who has 33.2 SPs.
Fajardo, who won all four of his MVP trophies in subsequent years, was the state leader throughout the season, but Pringle made use of his absence to become a legitimate MVP contestant.
Pringle must, however, overcome Fajardo's two best players in the conference's trophies this season after Beermans jovial juggernaut received plums in Philippine and Commissioner's cups.
Barangay Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar is third in terms of statistics with 32.9 SPs while Pringle's teammate Sean Anthony is fourth with 31.3 SPs.
Another Gin King in Scottie Thompson, also seen as a leading runner for The Most Improved Player Prize, rounded the top five with 30.8 SPs.
Phoenix forward Matthew Wright is in sixth with 30.6 SP, followed by three Beer in Alex Cabagnot (30.2 SP), Arwind Santos (30.0 SP) and Marcio Lassiter (29.9 SP) and Alaska forward Vic Manuel accumulated 29, 0 SPs to complete the top 10.
At the same time, Phoenix is leading Jason Perkins this year with 23.4 SP, almost five more than former La Salle teammate and Alaska forward Jeron Teng (18.3 SP).
Top draft pick Christian Standhardinger by San Miguel and NLEX guard Kiefer Ravena is out of the ROY race after failing to complete the desired minimum number of games that a contestant has to play in a season.
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