Manuel leads BPC derby

Manuel, showing MVP form at 31 years old, was the top local performer in the one-round-robin elims, coming through with a league-best 24.18 points a game that went with other averages of 6.27 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.82 steal and 0.64 block an outing.

And with the 80-point bonus gained on Alaska’s 8-3 win-loss showing, Manuel logged a league-leading 37.2 statistical points a game, topping everybody including reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo who came at second with 36.8 SPs per game.

Sean Anthony and Stanley Pringle, GlobalPort’s new one-two punch, were third and fourth with their averages of 35.4 and 35.0 SPs while Meralco’s Chris Newsome rounded up the Magic Five with 33.5 SPs.

The next five were Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan (31.3), Phoenix’s Matthew Wright (30.7), Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (30.5), San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot (30.5) and Troy Rosario (29.9).