Stanley Pringle of the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel was crowned Best Player of the Conference for Season 45 of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) during the PBA 45th Season Special Awards ceremony done “virtually” at the TV6 studios in Mandaluyong City.
He beat other contenders like Bobby Ray Parks, Jr.. Calvin Abueva, RR Pogoy, and Matthew Wright for the top individual award of the lone conference of the season cut short because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pringle’s win capped a successful season for him and the Gin Kings, who were also crowned PBA Philippine Cup 2020. He thanked his teammates as well for putting the hard work that contributed to their success.
“I put a lot of hard work this season, and so did my teammates, the coaching staff and our support team. Coach Tim (Cone) motivated us so well despite the challenges and sacrifices. It’s not really just about the stats but also the contribution of the entire team that helped us win in this bubble,” adds Pringle, who accepted the award via video call.
During the lone conference, Pringle averaged 18.5 points, (44.3 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from beyond the arc), 5.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and a steal in 22 games.
Aside from the top individual award, Ginebra players also won in the other awards.
Scottie Thompson won the Sportsmanship Award and Prince Caperal was adjudged Most Improved Player.
Matthew Wright, Stanley Pringle, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram and the come-backing Calvin Abueva comprised the “Elite 5” award winners for guards, forwards and centers.
Aaron Black of the Meralco Bolts bagged the Outstanding Rookie award, the lowest-ranked draft pick ever to win the award.
Black, son of Meralco coach Norman Black, was picked in Round 2 and 18th overall.
PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial also expressed thanks to all who joined in the bubble season of the league, for making it a big success despite all the hardships and challenges.
“I would like to thank the PBA Board of Governors, the teams, the players, the PBA staff and of course the fans, for sticking with us all throughout. Their support made our sacrifices very worthwhile,” Marcial said.
He also paid tribute to the country’s Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) where he acknowledged their sacrifices for the benefit of their families and the country. “During the bubble, we realized, especially the players, how hard it was to be away from our families. We felt just like OFWs so a big salute to them.”
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