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Calvin Abueva still leads PBA Best Player race after semis


Magnolia’s Calvin Abueva. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines—Calvin Abueva remains in front of the statistical race for Best Player of the Conference.

The Magnolia forward averaged 34.2 statistical points at the end of the Philippine Cup semifinals where the Hotshots closed out the Meralco Bolts in six games.

Playing in his first season with Magnolia, Abueva is averaging a double-double of 15.2 points and 10 rebounds while also contributing nearly three assists, a steal and 1.1 blocks a game through 19 games.

The 33-year-old Abueva is gunning for his second BPC award after winning his first back in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.

Running second is Robert Bolick (33.7 Sps). The NorthPort guard, however, won’t have a strong case for the plum after the Batang Pier’s quarterfinals exit.

Abueva’s teammate Ian Sangalang, who is averaging 16.7 points and 8.8 rebounds, is in third with 33 Sps.

TNT rookie Mikey Williams slid from second to fourth with 32 Sps while San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo rounds out the top five with 31.8 Sps.

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