Three San Mig players, Asi Taulava to be feted in PBA scribes' Annual Awards Night
The San Mig Coffee trio of Marc Pingris, Peter Simon, and Mark Barroca will be the recipient of individual honor in the coming PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night. Jerome Ascano

THREE players from  Grand Slam champion San Mig Super Coffee will be feted with individual honors by PBA Press Corps during its 2014 Annual Awards Night on Aug. 21at the Richmond Hotel in Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.

For the third time in his career, forward Marc Pingris was chosen as Defensive Player of the Year – the same award bestowed on him last year and in 2006 by the same group who regularly covers the PBA beat.

With three Defensive Player of the Year plums under his belt, Pingris now ties former Shell stopper Chris Jackson, who also won the award in 1998, 1999, and 2001.

Pingris averaged 9.75 points and 7.44 rebounds last season.

San Mig teammates Peter June Simon and Mark Barroca meanwhile, are the recipient of the Quality Minutes and Order of Merit awards, respectively.

Simon comes off the bench for the Mixers as a potent offensive weapon of coach Tim Cone. He averages 13.52 points, 3.39 assists, and 1.64 assists in a special season that saw the Mixers complete a sweep of all three finals conferences.

Barroca was the automatic choice as Order of Merit Awardee for the number of times he was named Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week winner. He averaged 10.72 points, 3.83 rebounds, and 2.68 assists.

Also to be honored on this special night backed by 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 two other players who made a huge impact last season.

Air21’s Asi Taulava will be the latest recipient of the Bogs Adornado Comeback Player of the Year award, while Talk ’N Text’s Jayson Castro is going to be honored as Scoring Champion.

In his first full season back in the PBA, Taulava, the oldest player in the league at 41, showed he can still be a dominant force inside by averaging 14.75 points and 12.38 rebounds last season that saw him figure in the Most Valuable Player (MVP) derby eventually won by June Mar Fajardo.

Castro, the versatile guard of Talk `N Text, meanwhile averaged a league-best 16.78 points last season.

The PBAPC will also honor the All-Rookie Team composed of Slaughter, Ian Sangalang and Justin Melton of San Mig Super Coffee, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan and Globalport’s Terrence Romeo, along with the Coach of the Year and Executive of the Year.

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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