There’s a new chairman of the board in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.
No, it’s not Mark Yee, the player who has produced the most number of double-double performances in the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league. This player has improved by leaps and bounds and started to take notice in the ongoing Lakan Season.
Dhon Reverente, now playing for the Pasay Voyagers to rejoin his old coach Marlon Keith Martin, has emerged as the new rebounding leader, averaging 12.37 rebounds in the second half of the elimination round of the third season of the MPBL.
Reverente had overtaken Yee, last season’s runner-up in the MVP derby to Gab Banal.
Yee, the veteran forward of the reigning southern division champions Davao Occidental Tigers, averaged 11.06 boards to place second behind Reverente.
The 6-foot-3, former PBA player led the defensive rebounds with a 7.56 average per game, but Reverente led the offensive rebounding with an average of 5.21 boards per game.
Also included in the top five of rebounding leaders were Jhong Bondoc of Navotas, who averages 10.15 RPG, followed by JR Taganas of Bulacan with 9.94 RPG and Jeckster Apinan of Makati with 9.4 RPG.
While the race for the rebounding honors was tightly disputed by these five gentlemen, John Wilson of San Juan appeared as the runaway scoring leader of the third season.
Making a strong case for this season’s MVP derby, Wilson averaged 22.33 ppg.
Almond Vosotros, who previously played for Caloocan before making his way back to the PBA to play for the TNT KaTropa, ended up second 18.86. Running third in the race is Jeric Teng of Pasig with 17.31 PPG. Rounding out the top five are Paolo Javelona of Bacolod-Master Sardines with 16.76 ppg and Yves Sazon of Marikina with 16.5 PPG.
Allan Mangahas of Binan City wound up as the best in dishing out assists as the veteran guard averaged 9.11 APG.
Placing second to Mangahas was Mark Cruz of Pampanga with 8 APG followed by Hesed Gabo of Basilan with 7.83 APG. Paolo Hubalde of Valenzuela is at No. 4 with 7.5 while Mike Williams of Gen San rounded out the top five with 6.33.
Javelona is the tournament’s Sultan of Swipe as the native of Bacolod paced the steals department with 3.35 SPG. His Bacolod teammate, Mark Tallo, is next with 2.88 SPG. Wilson is currently at third spot with 2.78 SPG while Irven Palencia of Basilan is running fourth with 2.5 SPG. Completing the top five is Reverente with 2.16 SPG.