14 October 2016

Possible Award Awaits Meralco's Newsome

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Whatever the outcome of the Finals matchup between the Meralco Bolts and Barangay Ginebra, one thing is clear. Chris Newsome will most like secure his first of the many achievements in orange uniform by becoming this year's top rookie.

Newsome, selected fourth in the 2015 PBA Draft, has overtaken second overall pick Troy Rosario in the race for the Rookie of the Year (RoY) with 23.6 statistical points, 0.6 more than the TNT big man.

Votes from the media, PBA officials, other players, and TV broadcaster will also be tallied and could either favor Rosario or further solidify Newsome’s case.

The winners will be announced before Game 4 of the best-of-seven PBA Finals.

In the race for the MVP, June Mar Fajardo is still on pole position with Jayson Castro a distant second.

Fajardo, the reigning two-time MVP and the Best Player of the Conference for the Philippine Cup, finished the season with San Miguel with 38.8 SPs while Castro, whose TNT also bowed out in the semis, has 33.6 SPs.

Castro, however, could see himself hoisting the BPC trophy for the Governors’ Cup after finishing the conference with 38.3 SPs but Fajardo is no far behind with 37.8.

Meralco's Allen Durham was already adjudged as the Best Import this conference with a 54.5 average statistical points after posting averages of 29.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 17 games. Durham's numbers is only to Eugene Phelps, Phoenix’s high scoring forward, who garnered a league-leading 60.6 average statistical points across 10 games.

However, the burly Meralco import was responsible for carrying the whole team all the way to its first Finals appearance since entering the league in 2010.

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