STANLEY Pringle has ended Terrence Romeo’s three-year reign as PBA scoring champion.
Can he do the same to June Mar Fajardo's uninterrupted run of MVP awards?
The NorthPort playmaker emerged as the new scoring champion at the conclusion of the league's 43rd season with an average of 21.0 points per game, dislodging his former teammate and backcourt partner.
The Fil-American guard beat out the 6-foot-9 Fajardo for the honor as the San Miguel Beer stalwart finished a close second with a 20.6-point average.
But the bigger battle has yet to be fought by Pringle as he now tries to prevent Fajardo from re-writing history as the first player in PBA annals to win the MVP award five straight times.
The 31-year-old Pringle also leads Fajardo in the MVP statistical race, which comprises 40 percent of the total.
The rest of the 60 percent will come from the votes of media (30 percent), players (25 percent) and Commissioner's Office (5 percent).
Pringle currently holds a total of 35.3 statistical points (sps) to lead the MVP race, while Fajardo ranks second to him with 33.1 sps.
What could work against him however, was the Batang Pier's failure to consistently make the playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals just once during the Commissioner's Cup before losing to top seed Rain or Shine.
Fajardo meanwhile, led the Beermen to a fourth straight Philippine Cup title, where he was named Finals MVP. The Cebuano native also emerged as the Best Player of the Conference during the all-Filipino campaign.
Pringle was also tops in most minutes played this season with an average of 38.9 per game and 3-point field goals made with 3.0 per outing.
But his 3.2 turnovers every game is also the highest in the league for the season.
Fajardo meanwhile, re-asserted his presence in the middle by leading the league in rebounding with 12.3 per game, Alaska’s Chris Banchero was the top assist man with a 5.0 average, and do-it-all Anthony emerged the leader in steal with an average of 2.0 every game.
Poy Erram paced the league in shotblocks with a 1.9 average per game to showcase his emergence as one of the top big men in the PBA today.