Forget BPC, Cabagnot wants a shot at another PBA title
Paul Lintag on Jun 06, 2017 09:28 PM
The opportunity to win his first BPC award is nice but Alex Cabagnot is going after bigger things.
When you think about a Best Player of the Conference candidate from San Miguel, you automatically think about June Mar Fajardo.
After all, the Kraken already has five of them, tied for most in PBA history.
But in a surprise development in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup, veteran playmaker Alex Cabagnot actually emerged as the leader in the BPC race, averaging 34.7 statistical points after norming 15.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game in the mid-season joust.
While everyone may seem shocked that Cabagnot is on track for his first BPC award ever, the rest of the Beermen do not share the same sentiment as the rest of us.
"Actually, no [surprised]. It's kind of cool to see everyone play at a high level, and it's usually June Mar setting the pace for us, and now it's Alex. It's just great to see how versatile all our players are," Marcio Lassiter said Tuesday after leading the Beetmen to a dominant 115-96 win over Phoenix to advance to a sixth straight semifinal appearance.
"Kita naman sa stats eh," Fajardo said of Cabagnot's status as the BPC leader. "Maganda ang nilalaro niya this conference."
With the San Miguel juggernaut still going strong, it's easy to look past the brilliance of Cabagnot all conference long.
But once you take a close look at the Beermen, it's quite easy to figure out that Cabagnot has been the most consistent each and every game.
"Maybe may mga few games siya na mababa yung scoring pero I think eight or nine games, makikita mo na he's always in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists. He's very consistent sa ginagawa niya," said head coach Leo Austria.
While he's not dismissing what would be an incredible individual achievement, it's all about the rings for Cabagnot.
God willing. Pero I haven't been in the finals in the second conference, and that's what we're striving for," he said.
"Pana-panahon lang I guess. I'm happy but that's not the overall goal," Cabagnot added.
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