Joe Devance became the second Barangay Ginebra player to bag the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award after playing a huge role in the Kings’ runaway 110-97 win over erstwhile unbeaten NLEX in their Governors’ Cup road game in Calasiao, Pangasinan last Saturday.
The 6-foot-7 Devance banged in 23 points behind 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, helping Ginebra take control of the third period on the way to its third straight win in the season-ending conference.
The left-handed Devance beat Ginebra teammates LA Tenorio, the first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week in the Governors’ Cup and Greg Slaughter, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo and Star big man Ian Sangalang, Meralco guard Chris Newsome as well as Blackwater playmaker Mike DiGregorio for the weekly citation.
The Kings are now at solo fourth spot in the standings, behind league-leader Meralco Bolts (4-0), Star Hotshots (3-0) and NLEX (4-1) heading into the weeklong break to give way to Gilas’ FIBA Asia Cup campaign in Beirut, Lebanon.
Ginebra now takes a three-week break and won’t see action till August 26 against Alaska.