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KMH ousts NPBC
from No. 1 spot

The Petron Blaze of coach Olsen Racela strengthened its lineup by choosing center June Mar Fajardo as its top pick in yesterday's PBA Draft at the Midtown Robinsons Place Manila.

Joining Fajardo in the Booster's roster is lefty guard Alex Mallari, while No. 2 pick Calvin Abueva went to Alaska as Meralco tapped Cliff Hodge.

Chris Tiu was picked at No. 7 by Rain or Shine, while his national teammate Aldrech Ramos, was picked two rungs higher by Barako Bull, and Chris Ellis, made No. 6 by Ginebra.

The Kings went for Keith Jensen at No. 8 before B-Meg pulled off the first trade for the day by trading its No. 9 pick and shooter Val Acuna to new member Global Port for Sean Anthony.

The Batang Pier used the acquired pick for Vic Manuel and their natural pick at No. 10 for another gunner in Jason Deutchman.

A total 39 players were picked by the 10 teams, who exercised their rights well into the fourth round. Ginebra even went as far as the sixth round before the proceedings came to an end after a little more than two hours.

All teams have five working days to tender offers to their picks and those not signed, along with the rest of those not chosen among the 57 applicants, become automatic rookie free agents.

B-Meg traded its No. 12 pick overall and Anthony to Barako for Ramos while Rain or Shine traded its No. 17 pick to Meralco for the Bolts' second round pick in 2015.*pba.com


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