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Paul Lee cops first BPC plum; Mike Harris named Best Import

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For the first time in his PBA career, Paul Lee can call himself the Best Player of the Conference.

The Magnolia star was named the top local player of the 2018 Governors’ Cup on Wednesday night, prior to the tip-off of the Finals’ Game Four between the Hotshots and the Alaska Aces at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.

Lee, 29, bested Aces guard Chris Banchero; Barangay Ginebra’s athletic big Japeth Aguilar; Northport Batang Pier’s do-it-all guard Stanley Pringle; and San Miguel Beermen’s Christian Standhardinger in the tight race for the plum.

The seven-year vet out of University of the East averaged 17.64 points, 4.43 rebounds, and 3.14 assists through the semifinals. Lee is currently norming 8.0 points, 3.6 boards, and 2.0 dimes in the Finals, where Magnolia leads 2-1.

Lee had 1,013 votes from stats, the media, the players, and the league.

Tiebreaker Times Paul Lee cops first BPC plum; Mike Harris named Best Import Basketball News PBA  PBA Season 43 Paul Lee Mike Harris Chris Banchero 2018 PBA Governors Cup

Meanwhile, Mike Harris’ Herculean efforts in the season-ending conference did not go unnoticed. He was named as the Best Import, garnering 1,209 votes to win it over the Hotshots’ Romeo Travis – himself an awardee in 2015.

The 6-foot-5 Harris averaged 30.3 points and a league-leading 20.7 rebounds through the semis. Currently, in the race-to-four championship series, the former NBA cager and CBA champion is netting 26.0 points and 15.3 boards.

Aside from Travis, Harris also defeated Ginebra star Justin Brownlee and erstwhile two-time Best Import Allen Durham of the Meralco Bolts.

Harris’ finest performance in the conference was last October 17 at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City. He erupted for 44 points and 27 rebounds to power the Milkmen to a 104-94 victory over the Columbian Dyip.

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