STANLEY Pringle of Barangay Ginebra got the nod as the Best Player of the Conference of the 2020 Philippine Cup, thanks to a wave of votes from the media, fellow players, and the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Pringle tallied 1,640 points to beat Phoenix Super LPG guard Matthew Wright (1,578) in a close race after points from statistics and votes from media, players, and the PBA Commissioner’s Office were pooled together.
The Pringle vs. Wright race went down as the closest since the league started handing out the BPC award in 1994, according to PBA statistics chief Fidel Mangonon.
Pringle topped the players' votes with 67 points and got the nod of the Commissioner’s Office for 300 points to make up for placing in sixth in statistics (641 points). He also finished a strong second in media votes with 632 points.
Wright, meanwhile, topped the media votes with 868 points, placed second in players votes with 53 and finished in a share of fourth with RR Pogoy in stats with 657 points. Wright, however, didn’t get points from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Players and PBA Commissioner’s Office votes make up for 25 and five percent of the awards criteria respectively. Statistics comprised 40 percent of the total, while media votes make up the rest (30 percent).
Pogoy was third in the BPC tabulation with 958 points after getting the second vote from the Commissioner’s Office votes for 150 points. The TNT guard was third in the media votes with 141 as well as in the player votes with 10 points.
Despite topping the statistics race for 704 points, Bobby Ray Parks of TNT couldn't get enough votes to be in contention for the bubble season's highest individual honor.
He ended up a far fourth in the BPC tabulation with 876 points. He was third in the PBA Commissioner’s Office votes to get 50 points, was fourth in the media votes with 118 points, and sixth and last in the player votes with four points.
Pringle also topped the tabulation in the Elite Five with a total of 725 points after being first in the players votes with 39 points, while also getting 100 from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Wright, meanwhile, took the second slot after tallying 715 points, finishing first in the statistics and in the media votes with 230 and 462 respectively, and second in the players votes with 23, but garnered no votes from the PBA.
Pogoy was third in the guard tabulation with 339 points and failed to land a spot in the Elite Five even after being first in statistics like Wright. He also got 100 points from the PBA Commissioner’s Office, but only had nine votes from media and none from players.
Parks likewise missed out on a spot in the Elite Five.
Calvin Abueva topped the tabulation among center/forwards, totalling 698 points, and topping the statistics with 240 points, media votes with 322 points, players votes with 36 points. He also got 100 points from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Japeth Aguilar was second in the tally with 647 points after being second in the statistics with 213 points, first in media votes with 322, and third in players votes with 12, while collecting 100 points as well from the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
Poy Erram of TNT claimed the third and last berth in the center/forward position with 463 points, finishing fourth in statistics with 182 points, third in media with 277, and fourth in players votes with four.
Jason Perkins of Phoenix was fourth in the Elite Five race in the center/forward positions after getting 348 points being third in the statistics with 211, fourth in media with 18, and second in player votes with 19. The PBA Commissioner’s Office also voted for Perkins for the award, taking 100 points in the process.
Meanwhile, Aaron Black of Meralco captured the Outstanding Rookie award after garnering 2,002 points. He overwhelmingly topped the media votes with 1,022 points, while being second in statistics with 811 and in the PBA Commissioner’s Office votes with 150 even though he landed last in the player votes with 19 points.
Prince Caperal, meanwhile, won the Most Improved Player award over Justin Chua after garnering 2,447 points, being first in the players votes with 144 points and the PBA Commissioner’s Office votes with 2,000 points, and second in the media votes with 303 points.
Scottie Thompson went home with the Sportsmanship Award with 2,360 votes – first in media votes with 2,216 and players with 144.