SUPERSTARS Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo, along with season Rookie of the Year Chris Newsome get a share of the limelight during the 2016 PBA Press Corps Annual Awards Night on Saturday at the Gloria Maris restaurant inside the Gateway Mall.
Castro will be honored with the Accel Order of Merit Award, while Romeo is going to be crowned anew as the league’s Scoring Champion for the second straight season during the 7 p.m. affair presented by CIGNAL.
The Order of Merit is given out to the one who earned the most number of Player of the Week citation conferred by the men and women who cover the PBA beat.
The TNT Katropa stalwart was named Player of the Week six times following his scintillating showing in the season-ending Governors Cup, where he was eventually adjudged the Best Player of the Conference.
Meanwhile, Romeo averaged 24.89 points in 37 games this season to emerge as the league’s top scorer anew that saw him shot 35.9 percent from three-point range and 42.9 percent from the field overall. The Globalport guard submitted numbers of 19.6 points when he won the scoring title last season.
Newsome on the other hand, leads the five players who comprise the Accel All-Rookie team.
Together with the Meralco player in the squad are TNT Katropa’s Troy Rosario, Art Dela Cruz of Blackwater, Maverick Ahanmisi of Rain or Shine, and Barangay Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson.
Highlight of the event which has Chancellor as the official outfitter, is the bestowing of the Baby Dalupan Coach of the Year award, named in honor of the late great champion mentor.
Dalupan, who turns 93 on Wednesday, will be given special tribute during this special night for his immense contribution as one of the greatest coaches in pro league history.
Also to be handed out during the event are the Executive of the Year, Mighty Sports Defensive Player, the Bogs Adornado Comeback Player of the Year, Mr. Quality Minutes, and the revived All-Interview team.