By the statistics in the Commissioner’s Cup, Bolick and Fajardo make their presence known

Jan 22, 2023

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MANILA, Philippines – The PBA Commissioner’s Cup, which just ended, revealed June Mar Fajardo and Robert Bolick as its top two statistical performers.

Despite San Miguel and NorthPort failing to advance to the mid-season conference championships, the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and the 27-year-old Bolick both led two key departments and finished second and third in the scoring race, respectively.

Bolick, with an average of 21.0 points per game, and Fajardo, with 18.0, were the highest scorers in the tournament.

The NorthPort guard, who played 41.4 minutes on average per game and finished second in assists with a 6.3 average, was also the guy who was exposed the most. Alex Cabagnot of Terrafirma was the player with the most assists (6.4).

On the other hand, Fajardo, the six-time MVP, continues to lead the league in rebounding with 12.4 per game on average. The only local player to average more than ten boards per game is the 33-year-old Cebuano, who is also ranked first in both offensive (4.5 rebounds) and defensive (7.8 rebounds) boards.

Don Trollano of NLEX, who finished third with 17.7 points, and Juami Tiongson of Terrafirma, who came in at number seven with 16.7 points, are other prominent players who made the Top 10 in scoring. Arvin Tolentino of NorthPort, Blackwater’s Baser Amer, and Javee Mocon of Phoenix, who finished eighth through tenth, respectively, were in positions eight through ten.

With an average of 13.6 points per game for the visiting Bay Area Dragons, Kobey Lam was their leading scorer.

Behind eventual champion Barangay Ginebra, the Hong Kong club squad came in second place.

Chuanxing Liu, a center for the Dragons who is 7 feet 5 inches tall, led the league in both 2-point field goal percentage (73 percent) and total field goal percentage (71.6 percent), with a high accuracy rate.

Marcio Lassiter, a senior shooter for San Miguel, leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage with a 47.4 percent mark. Trollano is second with a 46.5 percent mark, followed by Paul Lee of Magnolia (45 percent), Ginebra’s Stanley Pringle (44.7 percent), and San Miguel’s Simon Enciso (47.1 percent) (44.2 percent).

RK Ilagan, formerly of Converge and currently of Blackwaters, tops the list in free throw shooting with a strong 91.7 percent clip, while Lee comes in second at 90.9 percent.

Jio Jalalon of Magnolia, a guard, leads the league in steals with 2.2 per game, and Justin Arana of Converge, a rookie, is the best at blocking shots with 1.4 per game.

The best assist-to-turnover ratio was recorded by John Pinto of Barangay Ginebra, who averaged 4.3 per game.

Young center Beau Belga of Rain or Shine led the league in fouls per game with an average of 3.8, while Rain or Shine center Zhu Songwei of the Bay Area Dragons averaged the most turnovers with 3.0 per game.

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