Jan 20, 2023

Bolick, Fajardo make presence felt by the numbers in Commissioner's Cup

ROBERT Bolick and June Mar Fajardo emerged as the top two players statistical-wise in the just concluded PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The 27-year-old Bolick and the 6-foot-10 Fajardo finished 1-2 in terms of scoring, while separately led two major departments despite NorthPort and San Miguel failing to reach the finals of the mid-season conference.

Bolick was the tournament's top scorer with average of 21.0 per game, followed by Fajardo with 18.0.

The NorthPort guard was also the most exposed player, averaging 41.4 minutes of play per game, while finishing second in assists with a 6.3 average just behind Terrafirma's Alex Cabagnot (6.4).

Fajardo, the six-time MVP, on the other hand, remains as the league's top rebounder by averaging 12.4 a game. The 33-year-old Cebuano is also no. 1 in both defensive (7.8 rebounds) and offensive (4.5 rebounds) boards, while being the only local player to average in double figures in rebounding.

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Also notable players who made the Top 10 in scoring include Don Trollano of NLEX at no. 3 (17.7 points), Juami Tiongson of Terrafirma at no. 7 (16.7), while NorthPort's Arvin Tolentino (16.4), Blackwater's Baser Amer (16.1), and Javee Mocon of Phoenix (14.8) occupied the 8th to 10th spots, respectively.

Kobey Lam of guest team Bay Area Dragons was their best scorer with 13.6 points average per game.

The club team from Hong Kong finished runner up behind eventual champion Barangay Ginebra.

The Dragons' 7-foot-5 center Chuanxing Liu led the league in total field goal percentage with a high accurary of 71.6 percent, and likewise showed the way in 2-point field goal percentage with 73 percent.

In 3-point field goal percentage, San Miguel veteran gunner Marcio Lassiter is on top, shooting 47.4 percent, followed by Trollano (46.5 percent), Magnolia's Paul Lee (45 percent), Stanley Pringle of Ginebra (44.7 percent), and Simon Enciso of San Miguel (44.2 percent).

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In free throw shooting, RK Ilagan, previously with Converge and now with Blackwaters, tops the list with a high 91.7 percent clip, while Lee comes in second at 90.9 percent.

Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon is the steals leader with 2.2 per game, and Converge rookie Justin Arana the king of shot blocks with 1.4 per outing.

Barangay Ginebra's John Pinto turned in the best assist-turnover ratio at 4.3 per game.
Meanwhile, the Bay Area Dragons' young big man Zhu Songwei committed the most number of turnovers with 3.0 per outing, even as Rain or Shine center Beau Belga averaged 3.8 fouls per game to lead the department. (RG)