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Pringle, Caperal prevail in tight races; Black runaway top rookie winner

Stanley Pringle just beat Matt Wright for the BPC by just 62 points. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Stanley Pringle emerged the winner over Matt Wright in a PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference race that was too close to call.

The official tally, which was publicized on Sunday night right after the PBA Special Awards, saw Pringle beating Wright by just 62 points.

Pringle finished sixth in the stats with 641 points, while Wright was tied with RR Pogoy for fourth with 657.

However, the votes from the media and the players pushed Pringle and Wright ahead of the pack.

Wright is first in the media tally with 868, while Pringle is second with 632.

Pringle was slightly ahead of Wright, 67-53, in the player votes as they both ended up in the Top 2 as well.

However, the votes from the PBA Commissioner's Office decided the BPC race.

The league gave its first place vote to Pringle, giving him 300 more points, giving him 1,640 in total.

Wright, however, did not get the nod from the PBA office, keeping him at 1,578.

The same can be said in the Most Improved Player and the Sportsmanship Award races.

In the MIP race, the league gave its vote to Prince Caperal, eventually giving him the win over second placer Justin Chua.

Chua was actually overwhelming ahead of Caperal in the media votes with Chua getting 2,000 points against Caperal's 303.

However, Caperal got the better of the player votes with 144 points against Chua's 96.

Caperal eventually got the full 2,000 points from the PBA to get the MIP win.

On the other hand, the PBA handed its Sportsmanship Award vote worth 2,000 points to CJ Perez, but Scottie Thompson got the better of the media (with 2,216) and the player votes (he edged Perez, 144-0) to take home the plum.

It was not the case, however, for Aaron Black's Outstanding Rookie victory as he was way ahead of the pack.

The overwhelming lead in the media votes did the trick for the Meralco freshman as he got 1,022 points, beating Ginebra's Arvin Tolentino, who was second with 575.

Interesting enough, Black did not top the votes from the PBA and the players.

The league gave its first place vote worth 300 points to Alaska's Barkley Ebona while giving Black the second place vote, which accounts for 150.

Meanwhile, Black had the fewest votes from the players with 19 as Tolentino and Magnolia's Aris Dionisio topped the votes with 54 each.

Black finished with 2,002 points, while Tolentino came in second with 1,406.

Ebona ended up third with 1,246, while Dionisio was fifth with exactly 800 points, directly below top regular draft pick Roosevelt Adams, who finished fourth with 1,045.

In another interesting observation, RR Pogoy and Jason Perkins each got the Elite 5 vote from the PBA office but still came up short.

While Pogoy is tied with Wright for first place in the stats, the media and the player votes stalled Pogoy as he only got nine points from the reporters and a zero from the players, finishing third among the guards to Pringle and Wright, who were at the Top 2 in the media and the player votes.

Perkins, meanwhile, also got dismal results from the media and the player votes in which he got just 18 media points and 19 player points to drop him to fourth among the frontcourt players.

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