JERICHO Cruz earned his first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after taking the lead in Rain or Shine's come-from-behind 118-112 win over Barangay Ginebra last Friday.
Cruz fired 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, scoring at will in a dominant offensive display for one of the league's fastest rising stars.
The 2016 Most Improved Player gave returning Rain or Shine import Duke Crews ample support in the second half to help the Elasto Painters snap a two-game skid.
At 5-4, ROS now enhanced their quarterfinals bid with only two games remaining in their single-round eliminations campaign.
The six-foot Cruz, who added five rebounds, three steals and two assists, bested a slew of candidates for the weekly citation led by San Miguel's Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos, Star combo guard Paul Lee, GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle and TNT's Jayson Castro.