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PBA: James Yap early leader in All-star fan balloting

source: www.PBA.ph

As expected, James Yap emerged as the frontrunner in the early balloting for the coming 2011 PBA All-Star Game the island paradise of Boracay is hosting for the first time.

Yap, the league’s two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) from B-MEG Derby Ace, has so far received a total of 7,452 fan votes to lead all candidates comprising the rosters of both the North and South All-Star teams for the May 18-23 festivities dubbed “Hala Bola Boracay 2011 All Star Weekend.”

The former University of the East star is tops among backcourt players for the South squad. Coming in next are Talk `N Text’s Jimmy Alapag (4,338), Cyrus Baguio of Alaska (3,933), Air21’s Dondon Hontiveros (3,303) and Ronald Tubid of Barangay Ginebra (2,763).

Among the South big men (center/forwards), San Miguel’s Jay Washington leads the pack with 4,824 votes, followed by Kelly Williams of Talk `N Text (4,194), Meralco’s Asi Taulava (3,798), Ginebra’s Eric Menk (3,240) and the Alaska duo of Joe Devance (2,997) and Sonny Thoss (2,799).

Meanwhile, Yap’s Derby Ace teammate, Mark Pingris, received the highest number of votes so far among players from the North side.

The energetic forward tallied 3,807 votes to lead the list of top North big men. At second is fellow Llamado Kerby Raymundo with 3,312 and at third is Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood, the 2010 All-Star MVP, with 2,988.

Likewise getting the nod of the fans are Ginebra’s JC Intal (2,466), veteran San Miguel center Danny Ildefonso (2,160) and Ginebra’s Rudy Hatfield (2,124).

The popular Ginebra combo of Mark Caguioa and Willie Miller shows the way in the guard positions with votes of 3,375 and 2,488, respectively.

Rounding out the top five among the North backcourtmen are Alaska’s L.A. Tenorio (2,016), San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnot (2,007) and Paul Artadi of Air21 (1,773).

Voting, which began last Feb. 27, is still ongoing and will only be held during game days at the PBA playing venue.

Final day of voting is on April 10.

Reserves of both teams will be chosen by the nine PBA coaches.

The rest of the participants in the other events will be named on the first week of April.

Members of Pilipinas-Smart Gilas team were not included in the voting as the Nationals are set to see action in the 2011 FIBA-Asia Champions Cup which the country is hosting.

Last year, the North All-Stars edged their Southern counterparts, 133-132, in the All-Star Game held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. 



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