2011 Governor's Cup: Power Rankings (end of elimination round)



The 2011 Governor’s Cup is a short one. Nine teams played eight games and the top six squads are sent to the semifinal round. This format resembled the one used during the early 90’s. The most wins incentive was also first used during the time when the teams in the PBA are only eight (Tanduay and Red Bull would expand the franchises to ten).

While the way to the Finals is short, the conference is as exciting as ever.

On the verge of semifinals action, here are the Top Players of the first round of the Governor’s Cup.


OUTSIDE LOOKING IN:

30 RYAN ARANA / RAIN OR SHINE
29 JC INTAL / GINEBRA
28 CELINO CRUZ / POWERADE
27 ASI TAULAVA / MERALCO
26 HARVEY CAREY / TALK N TEXT
25 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / RAIN OR SHINE
24 CARLO SHARMA / AIR21
23 LARRY FONACIER / TALK N TEXT
22 MARK ISIP / MERALCO
21 ALI PEEK / TALK N TEXT
20 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / PETRON
19 SEAN ANTHONY / POWERADE
18 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TALK N TEXT
17 GABBY ESPINAS / MERALCO
16 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA
15 PETER JUNE SIMON / B-MEG
14 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE
13 GARY DAVID / POWERADE
12 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA
11 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT


TOP TEN

10 LA TENORIO / ALASKA
12.9PPG • 4.8RPG • 4.8APG • 1.1SPG
The Lieutenant is doing wonders in fuelling Alaska to the next stage despite the loss of Joe Devance. Tenorio is prominently inside the team’s leaderboard in most statistical ventures. With Alaska’s bench as shallow as ever, LA needs to duplicate his outputs in order to lift the Aces to the Finals.


9 MARC PINGRIS / B-MEG
10.3PPG • 11.6RPG • 1.9APG • 1.0SPG • 0.9BPG
The guy has great improved his offense this season and if there’s one good thing about these small imports, it’s the fact that Pingris is showing his true potential. Despite the abundance of scorers in B-Meg, he is still scoring in double figures. And at the end of the elimination phase, he is one of two local players that are averaging in double-doubles.


8 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
18.3PPG • 3.6RPG • 2.3APG • 1.0SPG
He is definitely the darkhorse of the MVP award. After a couple of seasons bombarded by injuries, The Spark is now bent to reclaim old glory and to dominate the league! He was able to withstand the internal struggle with regards to who is the team’s go-to-guy (*cough* *Miller* *cough*). If there’s anyone who wants to play party pooper in TNT’s grand slam hopes, it would be this guy.  


7 DANNY SEIGLE / AIR21
16.5PPG • 7.3RPG • 1.3APG • 1.3BPG
For the first time since the Pop Cola Panthers in 1999, a team was held winless in a conference. In some ways, this is a conference he wants to forget but if you look at it, this is the season where the Dynamite of old returned. As if to tell everyone that his career resurrection was no fluke, Dynamite Danny again topscored for the Express during the Governor’s Cup.


6 ALEX CABAGNOT / PETRON
10.8PPG • 5.3RPG • 8.6APG • 1.1SPG
Despite having to share orchestrating chores with a point guard import, Cabagnot is finding ways to make his mark. Cabagnot is currently the league’s leading dishman and he is helping the oddly talent-starved Petron Blaze Boosters. While he has no chance of taking out Jimmy Alapag in the Mythical Five scene, he could make a run for the second team.


5 JAMES YAP / B-MEG
20.6PPG • 4.8RPG • 0.9APG • 1.1SPG
After playing hurt and getting sidelined for a few games during the Commissioner’s Cup that led to the early ouster of the Llamados, Big Game James is bent to get back to his normal MVP self. With B-Meg’s import woes continuing, Yap needs to deliver the scoring load for the Llamados. He is currently second overall in terms of local scoring.


4 JASON CASTRO / TALK N TEXT
15.1PPG • 5.4RPG • 6.0APG • 1.0SPG
When Jimmy Alapag was sidelined due to injury, Jason Castro seized the moment. The Tropang Texters have an extremely deep backcourt that restricted The Blur’s minutes. When the Jimmy injury came, he wasted no chance in showing off his talents. While a BPC award could be impossible at the moment, his season-long brilliance deserves a mythical team citation.


3 JOE DEVANCE / B-MEG
16.0PPG • 9.9RPG • 2.8APG • 0.8SPG • 1.5BPG
Now enjoying the other perks he never enjoyed while still playing for Alaska, JDV’s first conference as a Llamado proved fruitful because in some ways he plays like an import. He is proving to be a great complement for James Yap as B-Meg waits for the return of Kerby Raymundo from sickbay. He is also a rebounding machine for the squad, averaging almost 10 caroms per contest.


2 SOL MERCADO / MERALCO
21.8PPG • 5.9RPG • 5.5APG
With the absence of Macmac Cardona, the Sol-Train delivered. He pulled a lot of effort as the team’s chief scorer in a season plagued by bad imports. However he also needs to pull another set of responsibilities because he is also tasked to assume the duties of also-injured Chris Ross. For the second straight conference though, the Bolts were eliminated early.


1 ARWIND SANTOS / PETRON
16.9PPG • 15.6RPG • 0.9APG • 1.1SPG • 1.8BPG
Is he an import? Is he? Because this is what it looks like right now! He is delivering the stats an import should be getting and with those monster rebound stats, it feels like Gabe Freeman snuck his soul to The Spiderman’s body. Once he nails a trip to the Finals, Santos is a sure Best Player of the Conference winner. Worse, if Mark Caguioa can’t make the Finals or if Jimmy Alapag doesn’t improve on his stats, we might be looking at the Season’s MVP. Santos made Jay Washington’s injury his opportunity and it shows in his game.


The next Power Rankings will happen after the semifinal round.

Game over!

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