Parks, Mangahas, Banal among the MPBL Datu Cup top performers

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SECOND generation players Ray Parks, Gab Banal and Paolo Hubalde and Allan Mangahas were among the top performers in the latest stats released by the MPBL.

Ray, the son of the late seven-time PBA Best Import and league Hall of Famer Bobby Parks, leads the league in scoring with an average of 21.3 points per game, overtaking previous leader Michael Juico of the Pampanga Lanterns.

Parks is also fourth in the assists category at 7.0 per game and is eighth in steals with 1.9 per game. His overall performance has catapulted the Dataland-backed El Tigre to  six consecutive wins to end up in second spot of the Northern Division of this event put up by Senator Manny Pacquiao with PBA legend and former MVP Kenneth Duremdes serving as commissioner.

Banal, son of multi-titled player and coach Joel Banal, ranked fifth overall in the scoring averages. He averages 18 ppg while also ending up sixth in assists (6.7 apg).

The younger Banal also ended up with the most number of free throw conversions per game, averaging 7.3.

Mangahas, the top point guard of the Muntinlupa Cagers-Angelis Resort, is currently ranked no. 6 in points (18.1 ppg) and in assists (7.4 apg).

The former Meralco Bolts player in the PBA also cracked the top five in most two-point field goals made every game, averaging 5.4.

Other players who stole the spotlight in different categories include Felix Apreku of Muntinlupa, Paolo Hubalde of the Valenzuela Classic-CDO Idol Cheesedog, Jeff Morillo of the Quezon City Capitals and newcomer Chris Masaglang of the Gen San Warriors-Golden State College.

Apreku is the league’s top rebounder with 13.4 rebounds per game. Hubalde, on the other hand, is the best assist man with 8.5 apg.

Morillo is the best shot blocker with 3.4 bpg.

Reed Juntilla of the Zamboanga Valientes-Family’s Brand Sardines and Patrick Cabahug of the Cebu Sharks-Casino Ethyl Alcohol also made it to the top five of the scoring leaders.

Juntilla averages 19.5 ppg to end up at third spot while Cabahug made it to no. 4 with an 18.9 ppg average.

In rebounds, undersized forward Mark Montuano of the Bacoor Strikers placessecond behind Apreku with 11.6 rpg followed by Bernzon Franco of the Pasig Pirates with 11. 3 rpg.

Rounding out the top five in rebounds are JR Taganas of the Bulacan Kuyas-Mighty Sports with 10.9 rpg at no. 4 while Harold Arboleda of the Parañaque Patriots-F2 Logistics ended up at no. 5 with 10.1 rpg.

Arboleda, however, led the league in most double-double outputs with 10.

Ex-pros Mikee Reyes of the Bacoor Strikers and Jerick Cañada of the Bulacan Kuyas cracked the top five in assists. Reyes, former guard of TNT, averages 7.1 apg at no. 3 while Cañada placed fifth with 6.5 apg.

After leading the MPBL Datu Cup in assists, Hubalde settled for second in steals with 2.8 spg.

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