MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — A new scoring king will be formally crowned on Jan.
21 when the PBA Press Corps holds the 25th silver anniversary of its traditional Awards Night at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.
Stanley Pringle of NorthPort is set to be honored as the Scoring champion for being the league’s top gunner last season with an average of 21.0 points per outing.
Pringle’s ascendance ended the three-year reign of former teammate Terrence Romeo, now with San Miguel.
The 31-year-old Pringle, who made his national team debut also last season, leads the initial list of awardees to be feted by the men and women who regularly cover the PBA beat.
The Order of Merit and the All-Interview team will likewise be handed out during the special affair first held in 1993.
Recipients of the Order of Merit, given to the individual who had the most number of Player of the Week honors from the PBAPC, are San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, Paul Lee of Magnolia Pambansang Manok, and Vic Manuel of Alaska. This marks only the second time co-Order of Merits were cited since Arwind Santos and Jimmy Alapag did it during the 2008-09 season.
Meanwhile, Team Pilipinas and NLEX coach Yeng Guiao leads the All-Interview team composed of big men Christian Standhardinger and Joe Devance, along with guards Chris Ross, Mike Digregorio, and Chris Tiu. The award honors players and coaches who provided juicy quotes and always take time for media interviews. Except for Guiao, all five are first-time winners of the award.