CJ Perez closes gap vs Christian Standhardinger in BPC race; Bennie Boatwright still Best Import frontrunner

CJ Perez moved up to second place in the BPC race. Dennis Acosta (file photo) 
By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—CJ Perez made things interesting in the Best Player of the Conference race as he closed in on Christian Standhardinger based on the statistical points tabulated up to the semifinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup.

In the latest release on Friday, Perez moved up to second place in the BPC race with 35.5 SPs, just 0.2 behind Standhardinger, who remains number one with 35.7.

Perez's consistent performance in the semifinals plus San Miguel's sweep of Ginebra in their series boosted his bid for the BPC.

NorthPort Batang Pier's Arvin Tolentino (35.1 SPs) dropped to third, while TNT Tropang Giga's Calvin Oftana (34.1) and Gin King Scottie Thompson (31.0) remain fourth and fifth, respectively.

Thompson missed out on a chance to overtake Oftana at least in the BPC race following Ginebra's semifinal loss to SMB.

Standhardiner, Perez, Tolentino, Oftana, and Thompson have been announced as the official nominees for the BPC.

On the other hand, Beeman Bennie Boatwright is still number one in the Best Import race.

Although his averages dipped a bit in the semifinals, Boatwright kept the top spot with 60.3 SPs.

Despite Phoenix losing in the semifinals to Magnolia, Johnathan Williams overtook Tyler Bey in the Best Import race stats-wise with Williams now at number two with 50.7 SPs and Bey falling to third with 50.6.

Ginebra's Tony Bishop is the last official nominee for Best Import as he is fourth with 44.3.

Counting all the other imports who played up to the quarterfinals, Williams is fourth, Bey is fifth, and Bishop is 10th.

The votes from the media and players could ultimately decide who wins the BPC and Best Import awards.

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