Barako's Monfort named PBA Player of the Week
MANILA, Philippines – Emman Monfort, often the smallest man on the floor, has stood tall in Barako Bull’s past few games as he led the Energy Cola to a three-game winning streak in the PBA Governors Cup, earning himself Player of the Week honors in the process.
Monfort set career-highs in scoring three times last week and jacked his conference averages to 17.0 points, 3.25 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game so far this conference.
In their 104-91 win against crowd favorites Ginebra last Sunday, Monfort scored 25 points, anchored on 5-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He also had two rebounds, two assists and two steals in 38 minutes of action.
Monfort outplayed Ginebra counterpart and Gilas Pilipinas stalwart LA Tenorio, who scored only four points but did have seven rebounds and eight assists.
“First, he is a hard worker in practice,” Barako consultant Rajko Toroman said of Monfort. “Second, he is showing that size is not the most important thing if you are skill-smart.”
“And last, if you have the character, you can do a lot. He is starting to be the player I had expected who can make a big impact in the PBA,” he added.
Barako coach Bong Ramos echoed Toroman’s sentiments.
“Emman is working hard every day in practice. He invests a lot during our training, and that’s why he is playing great right now,” Ramos said. “The system is good for him too. He embraces it.”
Monfort was drafted 16th overall in the 2012 PBA Rookie Draft, but missed the Philippine Cup and the Commissioners’ Cup due to injuries.
The 5-foot-6 guard beat out Alaska’s Cyrus Baguio and Meralco’s Cliff Hodge for the weekly award given by the PBA scribes.