PBA Philippine Cup

Abueva crowned all-Filipino Best Player in first stint with Magnolia

Delfin Dioquino
Abueva crowned all-Filipino Best Player in first stint with Magnolia

THE BEAST. Calvin Abueva wins Best Player of the Conference for the first time since 2016.

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Calvin Abueva captures his second Best Player of the Conference plum after helping Magnolia reach the PBA finals for the first time in two years

“The Beast” is the best in the 2021 PBA Philippine Cup.

Calvin Abueva crowned himself the Best Player of the Conference in the all-Filipino tournament after a stellar campaign that saw him help Magnolia reach the finals for the first time in two years.

In just his first conference with the Hotshots, Abueva averaged all-around numbers of 15.2 points, 10 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 blocks, and 1 steal through the semifinals.

Abueva garnered 934 points after topping the statistics (415) and media votes (440) en route to capturing his second BPC plum backed by Davco.

The do-it-all forward also amassed 54 points from player votes and 25 points from the office of the PBA commissioner.

Now in his ninth season, Abueva won his first BPC award in 2016 when he still played for Alaska and is now contending for his second PBA title as Magnolia faces TNT in the finals.

Abueva beat out teammate Ian Sangalang and Tropang Giga super rookie Mikey Williams for the highest individual honor of the conference.

Williams ranked second in the BPC duel with 843 points after topping the PBA (150) and player votes (59) and placing fourth in statistics (389) behind his averages of 16.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.4 assists through the semis.

The TNT newcomer finished behind Abueva in media votes with 245 points.

Sangalang, meanwhile, landed at third in the BPC duel with 591 points – 401 from statistics, 82 from media, 75 from PBA, and 33 from players.

NorthPort ace Robert Bolick and San Miguel star June Mar Fajardo also contended for the BPC award, wounding up at fourth and fifth, respectively, in the rankings. – Rappler.com

Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.