Wilkerson, Slaughter still in step for Comm Cup individual awards

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Tyler Wilkerson remains as the frontrunner for Best Import in the PBA Commissioner's Cup stats-wise.

In a copy of the statistical reports obtained by Dugout Philippines late Friday night right after the scheduled doubleheader, the San Miguel center led the other foreign reinforcements in points while also being among the leaders in rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals.

Wilkerson topped the entire league in scoring, averaging 36 markers a night seven games into the Beermen's Commissioner's Cup campaign.

He is also in ninth place in rebounds, averaging 13 a game, 12th in assists (2.0), third in blocks (2.0), and fourth in steals (1.1) among the imports.

On the other hand, Greg Slaughter continues to make a statement for the Best Player award as his numbers improved from the previous stat release.

The Ginebra beanpole got 18.3 points a game as of Friday but slipped to fifth in scoring following a scoring resurgence from Phoenix's RR Garcia, which was enough to put him at fourth with 18.4 ppg. GlobalPort's Terrence Romeo (25.6), Blackwater's Carlo Lastimosa (20.6), and TNT's Jayson Castro (19.5) remain as the top three.

Slaughter, however, stays as the top local rebounder at 10.8 boards a night and even improved to second in blocks with a 1.4 bpg average.

Wilkerson and Slaughter will finally get the chance to test each other's mettle as the Beermen and the Barangay collide on Sunday night.

Among the rookies, Blackwater's Arth Dela Cruz continues to make a Rookie of the Year statement in the mid-season conference.

However, Meralco's Chris Newsome can make a late splash as his team will move on to the quarterfinals while Dela Cruz's squad will bow out of the competition following the Friday night results.

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