San Miguel Beer’s CJ Perez PBA Press Corps Player of the Week


JUST as San Miguel Beer was in search for a go-to-guy following the injury to main man June Mar Fajardo, CJ Perez rose to the occasion and guided the team to the semifinals of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Governors’ Cup. 

The Pangasinanense willingly took the leadership baton and owned it in the most crucial time, anchoring a pair of big wins by the Beermen bridging the tail end of the eliminations and the start of the playoffs.

Sans Fajardo who is out with an MCL sprain, Perez lifted the second-seeded Beermen to a 3-0 week highlighted by a convincing 121-105 win over No. 7 Converge during their quarterfinal match up on Sunday.

The Gilas Pilipinas guard posted all-around averages of 23.0 points on 55-percent clip, 10.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.3 steals in three games, numbers solid enough to make him the Cignal Play-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week for the period March 8 to 15.

Perez dropped 26 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and five steals as the twice-to-beat Beermen made short work of Converge in the quarterfinals to arrange a semifinals duel with sibling rival and reigning champion Ginebra.

The former National Collegiate Athletic Association MVP out of Lyceum of the Philippines University already flashed his brilliant form in the Beermen’s last two elimination round assignments against NLEX and Rain or Shine to lock in the No. 2 seed.

The top overall pick in the 2018 draft had 23 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in the 120-106 victory over NLEX last Wednesday.

And following a short breather, Perez on Friday plunged back to action with the same form after unloading 20 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three steals in a 129-116 demolition of Rain or Shine.

Perez did it in spite of the mileage of a busy stretch playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the last window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, East Asia Super League Champions Week in Japan and the PBA All-Star in Iloilo just last weekend.

His San Miguel teammate Vic Manuel, Roger Pogoy of TNT and Christian Standhardinger of Ginebra were also considered for the weekly honor being handed out by the group of print and online media regularly covering the PBA beat.

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