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Brownlee with slight edge over Jones in Best Import stats race

Justin Brownlee is on track to clinch his second straight Best Import award, leading the statistical race by a very slim margin over Terrence Jones at the conclusion of the quarterfinals of the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup.

The do-it-all Ginebra forward, the smallest among the imports this conference, is in a tight contest with TNT KaTropa reinforcement Jones. Brownlee is leading the way with 61.8 statistical points (SPs), as he averaged a league-high 34.2 points, 13.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 2.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks after 13 games.

Jones, who helped lead TNT to the top seed, is close behind with 60.2 SPs. He posted averages of 32.8 points, 15.8 rebounds, a league-leading 7.4 assists, 1.3 steals, and 2.9 blocks, also after 13 games.

The former Houston Rockets forward however incurred some penalties for his numerous technical fouls, including his scrum with Calvin Abueva.

The semifinals, however, will most likely decide the winner of the honor as Ginebra and TNT are facing each other in a best-of-five series. The KaTropa took Game 1, 95-92, Friday night with Jones and Brownlee practically cancelling each other out in game statistics.

Completing the top five candidates are Chris McCullough of San Miguel, Lester Prosper of Columbian, and Diamon Simpson of Alaska.

Meanwhile, a pair of rookies led the statistical points race for Best Player of the Conference.

Number two pick Bobby Ray Parks, Jr. of the Blackwater Elite clearly made his mark in his debut conference, norming 22.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game in 14 outings, good for an average of 37.2 SPs.

Top overall selection CJ Perez meanwhile followed suit with 35.1 SPs with averages of a local-high 22.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks. His team, the Columbian Dyip, were eliminated from playoff contention earlier on.

Parks led his team to the second seed but were ousted in the quarterfinals by Rain or Shine.

Rounding out the top five are Jayson Castro of TNT, June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel, and RR Pogoy, also of TNT.

Statistics form just part of the overall process to determine Best Import and BPC winners. Votes from the media, league and players are also in play.