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Fajardo, Thompson lead first PBA All-Star returns


PBA Season 47 MVP frontrunners June Mar Fajardo and Scottie Thompson are also leading the first fan returns of the All-Star voting Wednesday.

The San Miguel main man is leading the selection with 37,915 votes, while Ginebra’s do-it-all guard is a close second with 37,759.

With this, the past and present MVPs are on pace to lead the All-Star teams set to play in the main event of the festivities set March 9-12 in Passi, Iloilo, though a lot can still happen as the voting won’t end until February 15.

All-Star voting began January 25 both online and on-site, with fans given the power to choose all 24 players they’d want to see in the spectacle.

Thompson’s fellow Gin King Japeth Aguilar, co-MVP of the 2019 All-Star Game with Arwind Santos, is third in the fan poll with 37,322.

Another ka-Barangay in Jamie Malonzo is fourth with 32,988, while Calvin Abueva of Magnolia is at no. 5 with 32,503 votes.

CJ Perez of San Miguel (31,184), Ginebra’s Christian Standhardinger (29,821), James Yap of Rain or Shine (28,117), and LA Tenorio (28,027) and Stanley Pringle also of Ginebra (27,441) made it to the Top 10.

Terrence Romeo (24,821), Jayson Castro (24,408), Paul Lee (24,126), Robert Bolick (23,468), Roger Pogoy (20,042), Chris Newsome (19,637), Jeremiah Gray (18,875), Mikey Williams (18,826), Marcio Lassiter (18,556), Arvin Tolentino (18,444), Mark Barroca (17,139), Gabe Norwood (15,448), Calvin Oftana (15,427), and Kevin Alas (15,205) are in the Top 24 after the first returns.

Meanwhile, Tim Cone and Yeng Guiao lead the voting for the All-Star coaches. The Ginebra mentor is way ahead with 51,707 votes, while his Rain or Shine counterpart is sitting at second with 22,705.

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Rookie head coach Aldin Ayo of Converge is at no. 3 with 14,763 votes while Meralco mentor Norman Black is at fourth with 11,605.

For the Rookie-Sophomores-Juniors event, lastly, Malonzo and Gray lead the fan voting. The former has 41,933 while the latter has 35,428.

Oftana is third (33,172), followed by Shaun Ildefonso (32,795), Tolentino (32,527), Tyler Tio (31,083), Aaron Black (30,926), Williams (30,409). Justin Arana (29,793), and Jerrick Ahanmisi (26,764).

Gian Mamuyac (25,515), RK Ilagan (23,870), Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser (23,700), Isaac Go (23,139), Jerrick Balanza (22,296), Joshua Munzon (21,584), Matt Nieto (20,779), Encho Serrano (20,720), Anton Asistio (20,659), and Mike Nieto (20,615) make up the other half of the RSJ top vote-getters.

The next vote update is expected to be issued on February 8.

The second game of each PBA gameday is live-streamed on SMART Sports.

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