Slaughter, Barroca to lead PBA All Star team vs Gilas

MANILA, Philippines - Number one overall pick Greg Slaughter is the top vote-getter in the 2014 PBA All Star Game polls, the PBA announced on Tuesday, March 11.

The 7-toot Barangay Ginebra stalwart gained 61,680 votes to top the online and manual polls conducted by the Philippine Basketball Association. The former Smart Gilas center finished 4th in the statistical race for Best Player of the Conference in the Philippine Cup.

Joining him are teammates Chris Ellis, the reigning PBA dunk champion with 44,630 votes and Mac Baracael, who tallied 33,756.

Over at the backcourt, two-time PBA MVP James Yap will be making his 11th all star appearance, garnering 38,260 votes while his San Mig Super Coffee Mixers teammate, the newly-minted PBA Philippine Cup finals MVP Mark Barroca, complete the rest of the cast with 38,268.

Mixers head coach Tim Cone will call the shots for the PBA All Stars that will face Gilas Pilipinas on April 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Reserves will be determined by PBA coaches.

It is the second straight year where the PBA will observe such format to help the national team train for their upcoming battles in the FIBA World Cup in Spain and 2014 Asian Games in Incheon City, Korea.

In the 2013 edition in Digos City, a three-pointer by Jeff Chan helped the nationals to a 124-all deadlock, with Chan and Arwind Santos both getting the all star game MVP nod.