|Calvin Abueva has been named the PBA Philippines Cup BPC. PBA Images|
MANILA--Calvin Abueva's redemption arc took a huge turn on Wednesday night after he was named the PBA Philippine Cup Best Player of the Conference for the Philippine Cup.
Abueva beat Magnolia teammate Ian Sangalang, TNT's Mikey Williams, NorthPort's Robert Bolick, and San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo for only the second BPC plum of his career.
Abueva tallied a total of 934 points after all the votes from the media, the players, and the PBA Commissioner's Office have been collected and tabulated together with the statistical points.
Abueva, who led the pack in the stat sheet up to the semifinals, won the media votes after getting 33 first-place votes and eventually getting a total of 440 points from the said votes, which were enough to beat Williams, who despite being fourth in the stats race got the nod from the players and the league's front office.
Williams won a tight contest against Abueva in the player votes with 14 first-place votes against Abueva's 12 for an eventual total of 59 points against the 54 of Abueva,
Williams got the full 150 points from the commissioner's office, while Abueva was given the third-place vote for 25 points.
However, Williams only got 245 points from the media after getting only three first-place votes against 32 second-place votes, giving him a grand total of 843 points.
Sangalang finished in third with 591 points on 35 third-place votes from the media, 12 second-place votes from the players, and the second-place vote from the PBA.
Bolick, who came in second in the stats race, fell to the fourth spot with 447 points after only getting one second-place vote from the media and 14 second-place votes from the players.
Fajardo came in fifth with 403.
The achievement completed a huge turnaround for Abueva from someone who has been banned from the PBA for a year and a half following a spat with Terrence Jones to a more composed player.
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