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    Timely tonic as James Yap continues to lead All-Star balloting

    Mar 22, 2013
    San Mig star James Yap is the leading vote-getter overall while rookie Calvin Abueva leads the race for the three forward spots in the PBA selection that will play Gilas in the All-Star Game. Jerome Ascano

    HERE'S a little piece of good news for James Yap for a change.

    Once again embroiled in a very public spat with former wife Kris Aquino, the San Mig Coffee star was given a little cheer-me-up by fans when he emerged the leading vote-getter for this year's PBA All-Star Game.

    With just two days of voting left, the pride of Escalante, Negros Occidental is in line for a 10th All-Star appearance as he continues to lead with 22,241 votes in balloting done both online and in game venues.

    Yap is a cinch for one of the two guard spots in the PBA All-Star Selection that will face Chot Reyes' Gilas Pilipinas in the mid-season showpiece set on May 5 in Digos City, Davao del Sur.

    Alaska's super rookie Calvin Abueva, on the other hand, emerged as the new leader in the race for the three forward spots in the team with 20,227 votes.

    Barangay Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa is second among the guards with 16,097, followed by Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio (12,847), while Yap’s San Mig teammate PJ Simon has 10,053 votes.

    Others contending for the starting guard slots are Alaska’s JV Casio (8,571), Ginebra’s Jayjay Helterbrand (8,444), Petron’s Alex Cabagnot (5,396) and Marcio Lassiter (4,966), Meralco’s Sol Mercado (4,217) and Rain or Shine’s Paul Lee (3,877) and Chris Tiu (3,679).

    Among the forwards/centers, trailing Abueva are Petron’s Arwind Santos (18,557) and Jay Washington (15,871), San Mig’s Joe Devance (14,648), Ginebra’s Chris Ellis (12,596), Mixers’ Rafi Reavis (12,117) and Jerwin Gaco (11,431), Barako Bull’s Sean Anthony (11,256), Air21‘s KG Canaleta (11,081) and Meralco rookie Vic Manuel (10,953).

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    Alaska’s Luigi Trillo will be calling the shots for the PBA selection while the team's reserves will be chosen by the rest of the league coaches. 

    PBA fans have until Sunday to cast their votes.

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    San Mig star James Yap is the leading vote-getter overall while rookie Calvin Abueva leads the race for the three forward spots in the PBA selection that will play Gilas in the All-Star Game. Jerome Ascano
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