Greg Slaughter, Ian Sangalang lead All-Rookie Team to be honored in PBAPC Annual Awards Night
Ginebra's Greg Slaughter and San Mig Coffee's Ian Sangalang are consensus members of the All-Rookie Team to be honored by the PBA Press Corps during its 2014 Annual Awards Night. Jerome Ascano

BARANGAY Ginebra San Miguel center Greg Slaughter and San Mig Super Coffee forward Ian Sangalang had been unanimously voted as part of the All-Rookie Team to be honored during the PBA Press Corps (PBAPC) Annual Awards Night on Aug. 21 at the Richmonde Hotel in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

Joining them in the selection selection are Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Globalport’s Terrence Romeo, and San Mig Super Coffee’s Justin Melton.

The 7-foot Slaughter, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s Rookie Draft, played a pivotal role as the starting center of the Kings during the season just passed. He went on and bagged the Rookie of the Year plum after averaging nearly 15 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 1.40 shot blocks in his maiden campaign as a pro.

Sangalang, meanwhile, played a key role for the Mixers in their successful run for a rare Grand Slam as the former San Sebastian star made huge contributions under the watchful eyes of coach Tim Cone.

Taken as the No. 2 overall pick in the Draft, Sangalang had to embrace an off-the-bench role behind a loaded Mixers’ roster. But once he adjusted, the 6-foot-7 forward eventually proved his worth when he delivered in all three conference Finals for the season, finishing his rookie year with averages of 7.46 points and 4.79 rebounds per game.

Almazan was the third overall pick in the Draft and provided the needed ceiling lacking for Rain or Shine. The 6-foot-8 center averaged 5.90 points, 5.55 rebounds, and 1.02 shot blocks per game.

The 5-foot-11 Romeo, the fifth overall pick, averaged 12.43 points for the Batang Pier, where he occasionally showed flashes of a brilliant offensive player, while the 5-foot-11 Melton proved to be a sparkplug off the bench for San Mig Super Coffee especially in all three conference Finals.

The All-Rookie team is just one of the several awards to be handed out by the PBAPC when it fetes the men who excelled throughout the league’s 39th season.

Other awards to be given during the affair backed by the PBA, Alaska, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, Barako Bull, Blackwater Sports, Globalport, Kia Motors, Meralco, NLEX, Rain or Shine, San Mig Super Coffee, San Miguel Beer and Talk ‘N Text, are the Coach of the Year, Executive of the Year, Mr. Quality Minutes, Comeback Player of the Year and the Accel-Order of Merit, which goes to the individual frequently voted as Player of the Week.


PBAPC president Barry Pascua of Bandera enjoins all officers and members to be at the Richmonde Hotel Ballroom by 6 p.m.

The Coach of the Year trophy, won last year by then Alaska Aces mentor Luigi Trillo, is named after the legendary Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan, while the late Danny Floro, the flamboyant team owner of the fabled Crispa Redmanizers, has lent his name to the Executive of the Year plum.



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