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Ginebra resumes celebration, Black makes history in PBA Special Awards night

 By Girald Gaston

PHOTO: Screenshot from One Sports

Celebration from last year's triumph has been resumed on Sunday, as several Barangay Ginebra San Miguel players bagged the prestigious awards in PBA's 45th Season Special Awards night.

Gin Kings star Stanley Pringle ended his impressive campaign on the season being named as Best Player of the Conference, after spearheading the Ginebra's journey in All-Filipino tourney.

The crafty Filipino-American guard claimed his first-ever BPC honors, a cherry on top after the championship last conference that capped Ginebra's 13-year drought.

Pringle led the star-studded Elite Five, joining his teammate Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright and Calvin Abueva of Phoenix Super LPG, and Poy Erram of TNT Tropang Giga.

From one ka-baranggay to another, as Scottie Thompson earned the Samboy Lim Sportmanship Award, while the Bubble wonder, Prince Caperal, won the Most Improved Player honors. Caperal stepped up on the bubble after the departure of Greg Slaughter.

"Gusto kong magpasalamat sa coaching staff, teammates, dahil hindi ko naman makukuha iyan kung wala sila," Ginebra bigman said.

On the other hand, another Black has etched his own name on PBA record books. 

Playing behind the shadows of his decorated dad, Aaron Black finally made his own history, as he hailed as the lowest draft pick to ever win the Top Rookie award. 

Selected 18th overall in the 2019 draft, Black proved that he belonged to the league, winning the rookie plum for the Meralco Bolts coached by Norman Black.

Another set of rookies will enter the league on 2021 PBA draft, tentatively scheduled on March 14. The 46th season will be on April 9, exact date of league's foundation day.


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