Before Game 2 of the Finals, the PBA awarded their awards for the Governor’s Cup best performers.
Winning this year’s Governor’s Cup Best Player of the Conference was Greg Slaughter.
The seven-foot big man beat out Chris Newsome, June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro and Arwind Santos for the award, tallying 975 points based on a mix of statistical points, media, player and PBA votes.
After being sidelined for more than a season, Slaughter made a comeback this conference and came off the bench as Ginebra’s sixth man. This move paid dividends for Ginebra as they were able to ease Slaughter back and use him effectively as a monster option off the bench. Slaughter averaged 14.7 points and 8.8 rebounds at the end of the semifinals.
Allen Durham won back-to-back Governor’s Cup Best Import awards.
The Meralco import won the award last year as he led the Bolts to a surprising Finals appearance. This year, he dominated the stats and led the Bolts to another Finals appearance. Durham averaged a 20-20 with 25.4 points and 20 rebounds per game. He also led all imports in assists with nearly 7 assists per night.
Durham ran away with the award, 1,219 points. Justin Brownlee came in second with 834 points. Glen Rice Jr. and Terrence Watson were also considered for the award.