Ibinigay kay CJ Perez ang unang PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month citation

CJ PEREZ was quick to validate his status as the no. 1 overall pick in last year’s PBA draft.

The former NCAA MVP guided Columbian Dyip to an even 2-2 record in his first four games in the season-opening Philippine Cup.

He immediately made his presence felt right on his PBA debut when he exploded for 24 second half points to steer the Dyip to a 124-118 upset of defending champion San Miguel Beermen. The ‘Baby Beast’ finished with 26 points and five rebounds.

Perez, 25, led the Dyip in both scoring and rebounding with averages of 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game, while adding 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals, tied for team-best.

His arrival reinvigorated the franchise which could only show a single victory in the All-Filipino conference last year.

For his impressive work with the Dyip early this season, Perez emerged the unanimous choice as the first ever recipient of the PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month for January.

The wingman out of Lyceum edged three other fellow talented rookies for the citation.

Also in contention for the honor were Robert Bolick of NorthPort, Blackwater’s Abu Tratter and Javee Mocon of Rain or Shine.

Ang wingman mula sa Lyceum ay bumagsak sa tatlong iba pang mga mahuhusay na rookie para sa pagsipi.

Gayundin sa pagtatalo para sa karangalan ay sina Robert Bolick ng NorthPort, Black Trapter at Javee Mocon ng Rain or Shine.

Bolick, ang no. 3 overall pick, may average na 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, at 3.0 assists habang ang Batang Pier ay nakuha 2-1 sa unang tatlong laro ng dating San Beda star para sa franchise.

Ang 23-anyos na si Leyte native ay nag-post ng 26 points sa kanyang pro debut, isang 117-91 NorthPort drubbing ng Blackwater, ngunit sa pagkawala ng kanyang highly-anticipated match-up sa Perez bilang Dyip hacked isang 110- 100 tagumpay laban sa Batang Pier. Nagtapos si Perez ng 12 puntos, pitong rebounds, at apat na assists, habang si Bolick ay may tatlong puntos ngunit pitong rebounds at anim na assists.

Ang 7th overall pick, si Tratter ay nag-average ng pangalawang koponan sa pinakamahusay na 12.7 points at isang 7.3 best rebounds sa koponan sa unang tatlong outings ng Elite para sa 1-2 record. Ang rookie out sa La Salle ay na-label ni coach Bong Ramos ang pinaka-pare-pareho ng manlalaro sa ngayon para sa Blackwater, na gumuho ng 54 porsyento mula sa field bilang starting center ng team.

Si Mocon, ang NCAA Finals MVP noong nakaraang taon na naka-tab sa Elasto Painters sa draft sa no.6, ay gumawa rin ng magandang account sa kanyang unang tatlong laro kung saan ang Rain or Shine ay nagpunta sa 2-1, nag-post ng average ng 9.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, at 1.7 assist.

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