TNT Tropang Giga’s Cebuano wingman Roger Pogoy is vying for the Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award but will have to trump four other strong contenders.
Crowding the native of Talisay City for the award that will be given to the player who played above and beyond all others during the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup are TNT’s Bobby Ray Parks, Phoenix teammates Matthew Wright and Calvin Abueva, and Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle.
All have exceptional credentials with Pringle leading the Kings to their first All-Filipino championship in the last
Parks, on the other hand, ended the tournament first in the statistical points race followed by Abueva, Perez, Wright and then Pogoy.
Voting for the award started on Tuesday and will end on Jan. 11.
The BPC awardee will be decided based on statistical points and votes from players, media, and the Commissioner’s Office.
The BPC winner along with the individual honors to be given are going to be announced during the PBA Awards Night to be held virtually on Jan. 17 in place of the annual Leo Awards.
With a shortened season due to Covid-19 pandemic, the league decided to do away with giving out its regular awards and instead, will hand out other special honors.
Meanwhile, Cebuano big man Barkley Eboña of the Alaska Aces is also in the running for the Outstanding Rookie plum. However, he has some stiff competition for the award in Barangay Ginebra’s Arvin Tolentino, Aaron Black of Meralco, Terrafirma’s Roosevelt Adams, and Magnolia’s Aris Dionisio.
For the Most Improved Player, the candidates are Phoenix’s Justine Chua and Jason Perkins, Barangay Ginebra’s Prince Caperal, Rain or Shine’s Javee Mocon, Raul Soyud of NLEX, and Meralco veteran Reynel Hugnatan.
Contending for the Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award are Abueva, Perez, Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson, Kevin Alas of NLEX, and Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood. (JNP)