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Ginebra’s Pringle in PBA Philippine Cup Best Player, Caperal Most Improved Cager

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After taking the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup championship, Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Kings also lorded it over at the individual honors during the virtual Special Awards Night on Sunday night.

Stanley Pringle captured the Philippine Cup’s Best Player of the Conference (BPC) trophy, while Prince Caperal was hailed as the Most Improved Player (MIP) and Earl Scottie Thompson came home with the Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award.

Pringle bested TNT Tropang Giga’s Bobby Ray Parks Jr and Roger Pogoy, Phoenix Super LPG Fuel Masters’ Matthew Wright and Calvin Abueva and TerraFirma Dyip’s Jaymar Perez for the BPC trophy.

This was the first time in seven years that a different player became recipient of the All-Filipino Conference’s BPC citation after San Miguel Beermen’s June Mar Fajardo won the previous six years.

Pringle was also named as part of the Outstanding Five—equivalent of Mythical Five—along with Kings teammate Japeth Aguilar, Abueva, Wright and Tropang Giga’s John Paul Erram.

Caperal, on the other hand, bagged the MIP trophy beating five other players, including Justin Chua of the LPG Fuel Masters, Raul Soyud of NLEX Road Warriors and Reynel Hugnatan of Meralco Bolts.

Thompson notched the Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award unseating three-time winner Gabe Norwood of Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, while Bolts’ newcomer Aaron Black was hailed as the Outstanding Rookie of the bubble.

The league has decided to do away with the Mythical Second Team and the All-Defensive Team after the 2020 PBA season was reduced to a conference due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.