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Calvin Abueva, Mikey Williams still lead BPC race

Calvin Abueva continues to headline the PBA Philippine Cup BPC race. PBA Images (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—The PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference race is shaping up to be a battle between veteran Calvin Abueva and rookie Mikey Williams.

The Magnolia swingman and the TNT combo guard remain one and two respectively in terms of the statistical points until the quarterfinals.

In a copy of the stats obtained by Dugout Philippines on Saturday, a day before the start of the semifinals, Abueva is still on top with 36.4 average SP's per game.

Williams, on the other hand, is right behind Abueva with 35.0 SP's, although the gap between the two widened a bit after how they fared in the quarterfinals.

With both the Hotshots and the Tropang Giga entering the semifinals, it is expected that their SP's will continue to change.

NorthPort's Robert Bolick is still in third place with 33.7 SP's, but with his team already knocked out of title contention, the chances of him still winning the BPC have become bleak.

Bolick's fellow Batang Pier, rookie Jamie Malonzo, fell to number seven in the overall race as Ian Sangalang, CJ Perez, and Arwind Santos, who performed well in the quarterfinals, have overtaken him.

Sangalang moved up to fourth place with 32.3 SP's, while Perez, despite playing off the bench, zoomed to the fifth spot with 31.5 and Santos soared to sixth with 30.5.

June Mar Fajardo (eighth with 29.8), Christian Standhardinger (ninth with 29.5), and Jason Perkins (10th with 29.4) round up the Top 10.

Despite falling in the ranks among all players, Malonzo remained number two among rookies, while Calvin Oftana, who became NLEX's main man in its recent games, moved up to third in the rookie ladder with 21.2 SP's.

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