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Bolick, Almazan show way

January 9, 2022 Robert Andaya 516 views

DESPITE a 0-4 win-loss record in the coronavirus-delayed PBA Governor’s Cup, NorthPort Batang Pier still has enough reason to be happy.

That’s because Robert Bolick has emerged as the leader in both scoring and assists departments among locals just before Asia’s first play-for-pay league took a break due to the surge in coronavirus cases.

Bolick, one of the team’s most consistent player, leads the way in the season-ending tournament with an average of 20.5 points and 9.3 assists per game.

NorthPort coach Pido Jarencio now hopes the third-year guard out of San Beda University can continue his outstanding performance once the league resumes.

Juami Tiongson of Terrafirma is a close second with 18.4 points a game, while super rookie Mikey Williams of Talk N Text is third with 18.3 points a game.

A close fourth ovearll is Chris Banchero of Phoenix Super LPG’s with 18.0 ppg.

Trailing Bolick in the assists department is Jio Jalalon of Magnolia Pambansang Manok with 7.3 assists per outing.

Matthew Wright of Phoenix (6.6), newly-acquired guard Nards Pinto of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel (5.5) and Kevin Alas of NLEX (5.0) complete the top five in the assists department.

And unlike Bolick, Jalalon’s performance has greatly helped the Hotshots to take the top spot in the standings with three straight victories.

Raymond Almazan of Meralco is ahead in the rebounds department with a two-game average of 9.5.

He is followed closely by Greg Slaughter of Barangay Ginebra at 9.3 rebounds and Calvin Abueva of Magnolia at 8.7 per game.

Almazan also leads the way in blocks at 2.0, slightly ahead of Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (1.5), Magnolia’s Aris Dionisio (1.33), Slaughter and TNT’s Poy Erram (1.3 each).

Meanwhile, Banchero and Wright are tied for the lead in the steals category with 2.4 per game, barely ahead of Jalalon with a 2.3 average.