Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Arwind leads Philippine Cup best player race

source: Reynaldo Belen | InterAKTV

Arwind Santos is on track for his second straight Best Player of the Conference award.

The Petron Blaze star led the league in statistical points (SPs) race with an average of 38.63 a game. He is six statistical points ahead of closest pursuer Kelly Williams of Talk ‘N Text.

Santos, a former Far Eastern University stalwart, is trying to become the first player in seven years to win back-to-back BPC awards after winning the citation in the 2011 Governors’ Cup.

Eric Menk of Barangay Ginebra was the last player to the award two consecutive tournaments in 2004-05.

Picking up from where he left off last season, Santos has remained productive in the season-opening Philippine Cup. He averaged 18.3 points and 12.3 rebounds as he powered Petron to a third-place finish in the eliminations and a sweep of the Meralco Bolts in the quarterfinals.

Santos led the tournament in rebounds and was fourth in scoring behind Gary David (22.5 points per game), James Yap (19.0) and Chris Lutz (18.33).

Williams, the 2008 Most Valuable Player, puts in 32.92 SPs a game for second place in the BPC derby.

Santos’ teammate, Alex Cabagnot, is third with 31.88 SPs an outing, followed by B-MEG’s James Yap (31.38), Talk ‘N Text’s Harvey Carey (30.77), Powerade’s Gary David (30.69), Talk ‘N Text’s Jason Castro (30.64), Powerade’s Marcio Lassiter (29.94), Barako Bull’s Willie Miller (28.80) and Alaska’s Sonny Thoss (28.50).

Rain or Shine super rookie Paul Lee is just outside the top 10 with 28.27 SPs a game.

Lee is the stats leader for the Elasto Painters with averages of 13.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 0.9 steal.