Images of Aris Dionisio chasing PJ Barua and swatting away his shot that could have given the Quezon City Capitals the win made the reigning Defensive Player of the Year as the hands down choice to become MPBL Player of the Week .
One of the best two-way players in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.
The 6-foot-4 athletic forward finished with a double-double performance of 21 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks while preserving the Frontrow-backed Manila Stars an 86-85 win.
Dionisio was chosen over other candidates, which include Jemal Vizcarra and Harold Arboleda.
Vizcara made a triumphant return after being idle for one season in the MPBL. In his comeback game, the former University of Santo Tomas standout knocked in 27 points on 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc while steering the Parañaque Patriots to an 89-83 come-from-behind win over the Valenzuela Classic.
Arboleda, on the other hand, had another solid game as he registered his 22nd double-double performance, the most by any player in the league.
The 6-foot-3 forward finished with 11 points and 16 rebounds while towing the Zamboanga-Family’s Brand Sardines to an 82-69 triumph over the Pasig-Sta. Lucia Realtors.