San Miguel playmaker Chris Ross edged out early favorite and teammate Alex Cabagnot and three others in clinching his first Best Player of the Conference award in the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup before the Game 4 tip-off on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Although statistically tied with Cabagnot at the end of the semifinals for 410 SP points, Ross got a big lift from the votes coming from the media (426) and the PBA office (150) to ran away as the big winner with a total combined points of 1038.
Cabagnot ended up as far runner-up with 746 total points, broken down as follows: 235 from media, 26 from players, and 75 from the PBA office.
With the rise of San Miguel’s backcourt duo, the Beermen find themselves on the cusp of winning the mid-season conference title.
TNT cat-quick guard Jayson Castro topped the votes from his co-players with 53 points, a point more than Ross’, but could only garner 630 total points to finish at third place.
Another Beerman, and BPC record-holder June Mar Fajardo wound up at 4th spot while GlobalPort spitfire guard Stanley Pringle was in 5th place.
The party for San Miguel, though, didn’t stop there as Charles Rhodes was declared Best Import with 1174 total points.
Although Star reinforcement Ricardo Ratliffe dominated the statistical field with a whopping 613 points, Rhodes still had the edge from the other three aspect of the voting process.
The slam-dunking import collected 517 points from the media, 56 points from the players, and 150 from the PBA office.
Rhodes became the first Best Import awardee for San Miguel Beer since its athletic import Gabe Freeman won it in the 2010 Fiesta Conference.
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