NorthPort Batang Pier forward Christian Standhardinger was named the Gatorade-PBA Best Player of the Conference for the Governors' Cup Wednesday at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Standhardinger earned the distinction for the first time on the strength of 396 statistical points, 433 from the members of the PBA Press Corps, 32 from his peers, and 150 from the PBA office for a total of 1,011.
He is also the first from the franchise to win the award and takes home a P50,000 cash prize from the league. It was also the ninth time that a player whom did not play in the Finals became the recipient.
Standhardinger denied Jayson Castro a repeat win, who notched the honor in the Commissioner's Cup. Castro had a total of 615 markers.
Other candidates who vied for the award were five-time reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, who finished second at 657, rookie CJ Perez of Columbian (506) Kiefer Ravena of NLEX (481).
The former top draft pick, who was acquired in a trade last October from the Beermen, immediately became the focal point of NorthPort's offense, leading the eighth-seeded Batang Pier to a semis berth, where they fell in four games against Ginebra.
"This feels more like a team award more than anything else," Standhardinger said.
Meralco's Allen Durham won Bobby Parks Best Import of the Conference for the third time in his career.
Durham, who is currently in his third Finals showdown with Ginebra, tallied a total of 1,170 points, beating opposing reinforcement Justin Brownlee, who had 937.
Durham posted averages of 29.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 6.3 assists throughout the eliminations, as Meralco finished with the second seed with an 8-3 record.
He averaged 23 points, 16.3 boards, and 7.7 dimes through the first three games of the championship series.
Other imports who were included in the awards race were TNT's KJ McDaniels (635), and NorthPort's Michael Qualls (528).