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Thompson gets most votes in first All-Star balloting update

Scottie Thompson leads in the first returns of the PBA All-Star Balloting. PBA Media Bureau (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

PASAY--Scottie Thompson got the most number of votes after the partial results of the PBA All-Star Balloting was released on Friday.

Thompson, who is part of the Mindanao All-Star list, got 33,068 votes, nearly a thousand more than Junemar Fajardo, the leading vote-getter for the Visayas All-Stars.

Just behind Thompson for Team Mindanao in votes is Mark Barroca with 31,810, while James Yap is second for Visayas with 30,203.

On the other hand, Japeth Aguilar is the top vote-getter for the Luzon All-Stars as he topped the list with 23,348 votes with Calvin Abueva in second with 18,655.

Completing Luzon's Top 5 are LA Tenorio (14,381 votes) and Paul Lee (14,095). Marc Pingris actually made the Top 5 for Luzon with 14,019 votes, but because of his ACL injury, he may not be able to join the team.

Meanwhile, Kiefer Ravena is the only rookie in the Top 15 this year as he ranked third for Visayas with 27,642 votes. Completing the Visayas Top 5 are Greg Slaughter (21,016) and Terrence Romeo (20,720).

The rest of Mindanao's Top 5 include Jio Jalalon (26,850), PJ Simon (26,754), and Mac Belo (21,732).

Voting has been temporarily closed after the Philippine Cup semifinals but will resume come the finals until the opening week of the Commissioner's Cup late next month.

The three All-Star teams will take on three separate Gilas Pilipinas selections for the All-Star Games on May 23 in Digos, May 25 in Batangas City, and May 27 in Iloilo City.

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