LA Tenorio, Terrence Romeo, and Rookie of the Year Roger Pogoy lead the initial list of awardees to be honored during the 24th PBAPC Awards Night next week at the Gloria Maris Restaurant inside the Gateway Mall in Cubao.
Tenorio will be the recipient of the Order of Merit honor, Romeo is the Mighty Sports Scoring Champion anew, while Pogoy banners the All-Rookie team to be feted by sportswriters who regularly cover the PBA beat.
The Order of Merit award is given out to the individual who had the most number of Player of the Week honors. The Barangay Ginebra veteran point guard was named four times during the course of the league’s 42nd season.
Romeo, meanwhile, submitted a PBA-best 23.3-point average per game to once again emerge as the top local scorer last year. The Globalport gunner emerged as the scoring champion for the third straight season - the first to do so after Gary David did it four straight times (2010-13).
Pogoy, last season’s best rookie playing for TnT Katropa, leads the year’s All-Rookie team to be recognized during the affair presented by Cignal. The Gilas stalwart shares the honor with Matthew Wright (Phoenix), Jio Jalalon (Star), Kevin Ferrer (Barangay Ginebra), and Reden Celda (KIA).
Serving as the highpoint of the awards night will be the presentation of the Virgilio ‘Baby’ Dalupan Coach of the Year award, named after the late mentor who scored the league’s first ever grand slam with Crispa in 1976.
Also on tap are the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award named on behalf of the former Crispa team owner and the Bogs Adornado Comeback Player of the Year plum.
Other awards to be given are the Mighty Sports Defensive Player of the Year, Mr. Quality Minutes, All-Interview team, and the PBAPC’s first ever Game of the Season award.
Part of the program will be the official launch of the PBAPC Facebook page.