MANILA, Philippines – Javee Mocon continues to make a statement, following a second straight semifinals stint with Rain or Shine.
The rookie played a key role in the Elasto Painters' deep run in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs, even as they ran into import woes that relegated them to the sixth seed in the quarterfianls.
In 10 games dating back from the stretch run of the elims all the way to the semis, Mocon averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists as the Elasto Painters stayed at .500 mark with an even 5-5 (win-loss record).
The crucial job the former San Beda University star did in helping Rain or Shine secure a second consecutive semifinals berth this season earned for him the PBA Press Corps Rookie of the Month for July.
The unanimous choice by the press corps, Mocon has now won the Rookie of the Month plum for the third time after also earning the citation in February and April.
Other candidates for the honor include Bobby Ray Parks of Blackwater, CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip, and NorthPort's Robert Bolick.
Of the four, Perez, last year’s top overall pick, had the best average for July with 22.3 points per game, 8.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. Unfortunately, the Dyip fell short again of making the playoffs.
Parks, the No. 2 draft pick, steered the Elite to a 3-3 record as the third seeded team – the highest elimination round finish in franchise history – with averages of 20.2 points per game. 7.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
But Parks and the Elite were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Mocon and the Elasto Painters, losing the decisive Game 3 of their series, 85-83.
NorthPort also achieved a first franchise best of ending as the No. 2 seeded team going to the playoffs behind Bolick’s 18 points per game, 5.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds.
The Batang Pier however, failed to take advantage of their twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs after losing to the San Miguel Beermen.
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