SLAUGHTER EARLY LEADER IN ALL-STAR VOTES
Number one overall Draft pick Greg Slaughter emerged as the top vote-getter after the first counting of the ballots for the 2014 PBA All-Star Game.
The 7-foot Barangay Ginebra San Miguel rookie amassed 26,038 votes and owns a sizeable advantage over second-running and Ginebra teammate Chris Ellis, who has 16,846 votes.
Reigning Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos of Petron Blaze sits at the third spot for the centers and forwards after bagging 13,614 votes.
Rounding out the top ten for the frontcourt players are Calvin Abueva of Alaska (11,526 votes), Mac Baracael of Ginebra (10,586 votes), Joe Devance of San Mig Super Coffee (10,444 votes), Ian Sangalang of San Mig Coffee (7,706 votes), Sonny Thoss of Alaska (6,858 votes), Danny Ildefonso of Meralco (5,972 votes), and Nino Canaleta of Talk ‘N Text (5,224 votes).
San Mig Super Coffee sniper James Yap tops the list of guards with 14,994 votes. Ginebra’s Mark Caguioa trails with 14,674.
Other backcourt players who finished in the top ten were Mark Barroca of San Mig Coffee (13,454 votes), Peter June Simon of San Mig Coffee (9,054 votes), Jayjay Helterbrand of Ginebra (7,318 votes), Cyrus Baguio of Alaska (5,946 votes), Alex Cabagnot of Petron (5,550 votes), Marcio Lassiter of Petron (5,476 votes), Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort (5,372 votes), and JVee Casio of Alaska (5,094 votes).
Voting ends on February 28 with the top three center/forwards and the top two guards making up the starting unit of the PBA All-Stars that will go up against Gilas Pilipinas in the All-Star Game slated on April 6 at the Mall of Asia Arena.
The game is the highlight of the April 3-6 All-Star Weekend which will showcase the best basketball talents in the country in several activities on and off the hardcourt. (RL)
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