Cruz, Sumang, Arana share honors

The Philippine Star
Cruz, Sumang, Arana share honors
Jericho Cruz.
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — Jericho Cruz, Roi Sumang and Justin Arana will get a share of the limelight in the PBA Press Corps Awards Night on Nov. 20 at Novotel Manila Araneta City.

Cruz of San Miguel is Mr. Quality Minutes, Sumang the recipient of the William “Bogs” Adornado Comeback Player of the Year and Arana leads the All-Rookie team to be honored by the men and women who cover the PBA beat.

Named Rookie of the Year in Season 47, Arana, the promising big man of Converge, is at the forefront of the All-Rookie honor which includes Renato Ular of Blackwater, No. 1 overall pick Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser of NLEX, Phoenix guard Tyler Tio, and Encho Serrano, formerly of Phoenix.

The 33-year-old Cruz meanwhile, was the choice as Mr. Quality Minutes or equivalent to the Sixth Man of the Year award after being a major contributor to a star-studded San Miguel team despite coming off the bench for most of last season.

Cruz averaged 11.3 points last year when he won his first championship with the Beermen during the Philippine Cup.

He’s the latest recipient of the award whose previous winners include Bong Alvarez, Rodney Santos, Mark Caguioa, Ronald Tubid, PJ Simon, Jayson Castro, Larry Fonacier, Jervy Cruz, Jio Jalalon, Vic Manuel, Calvin Abueva, among others.

It’s actually the second time Cruz will be named Mr. Quality Minutes, which he first won during the 2015-16 season when he was still with Rain or Shine.

Sumang meanwhile, came back from a hamstring injury and relived his role as a reliable backcourt backup to Robert Bolick at Northport.

He played a total of 32 games – tied at third with five others for the most number of games played among the Batang Pier – and averaged 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steal to become the unanimous choice for the Comeback Player of the Year.

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