PBA: Players who took a step forward in Governors’ Cup

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WITH the PBA postseason just around the corner, a lot of things are shaping up in this year’s edition of the Governors’ Cup.

While there were some key surprises that have occurred so far, this tournament also has its fair share of downs as well – from underwhelming performances by some notable players. It doesn’t mean that they’re bad players overall, but sometimes it’s just not their time for now.

In case you missed it, we’ve already covered the players who took a step back this tourney. But this time, FOX Sports Philippines takes a look at some players who took a step forward in this import-laden conference.

Terrence Romeo


2018 Commissioner’s Cup averages: 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.0 apg, 0.7 spg, 0.2 bpg

2018 Governors’ Cup averages: 21.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg

The former FEU standout is back to his deadly scoring ways, much to the benefit of his team, the TNT KaTropa. With Jayson Castro out due to an injury, Romeo has upped his game in this import-laden conference. However, he will have to draw additional support from his local teammates in order to clinch a playoff spot.

Chris Banchero


2018 Commissioner’s Cup averages: 9.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.5 apg, 1.1 spg

2018 Governors’ Cup averages: 16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 9.3 apg, 1.1 spg, 0.2 bpg

Much of the success of the Aces so far in this conference can be owed to their floor general in Chris Banchero. Not only did he showed his playmaking prowess, the Fil-Am managed to also increase his average points per game – catapulting him into elite status. With Alaska tied with the surging Magnolia and Ginebra, him along with Mike Harris and the rest of the locals will have to take their game even higher to get a good seeding in the upcoming playoffs.

Aljon Mariano


2018 Commissioner’s Cup averages: 2.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.6 apg

2018 Governors’ Cup averages: 9.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg

With the Gin Kings’ lineup suffering a myriad of injuries, Tim Cone had no choice but to gut out his bench in this import-laden conference. Fortunately for the defending champs, former UST cager Aljon Mariano stepped up by being a reliable presence off the bench. Will he be able to keep this up, especially with guys coming back from injuries? It’s highly unlikely, but for sure Mariano is brimming with confidence given the way he’s played so far.

Calvin Abueva


2018 Commissioner’s Cup averages: 10.4 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.2 spg, 1.2 bpg

2018 Governors’ Cup averages: 14.4 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.7 spg, 1.4 bpg

After having an unforgettable Commissioner’s Cup which saw him getting shipped away to Phoenix, Calvin Abueva has been an integral part to the Fuel Masters’ high-octane attack so far this Governors’ Cup. The reunion with head coach Louie Alas may have been a fortuitous sign for the team as “The Beast” is back to his relentless self – teaming up with Eugene Phelps to bring Phoenix to a 6-3 win-loss record.

Christian Standhardinger



2018 Commissioner’s Cup averages: 12.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.4 spg

2018 Governors’ Cup averages: 25.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.8 bpg

At first, Standhardinger looked to be an odd fit in San Miguel since he plays essentially the same position as four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, despite putting up good numbers across the board so far in his rookie season. But with June Mar Fajardo ailing, the national team mainstay emerged as the Beermen’s top local scorer. With Fajardo set to be back soon in the lineup, opponents, especially during the playoffs, would have nightmares of having to go against guys like him, Standhardinger, Murphy, Cabagnot, Ross, and Lassiter.
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