Two-time Most Valuable Player (MVP) Danny Ildefonso bagged the Accel-Philippine Basketball Association Press Corps. Player of the Week distinction for the period of January 4 to 5.
The returning 6’5 veteran Ildefonso, now playing for a total of 16 seasons in the league, led his new team Meralco Bolts to a 92-88 overtime win over Air 21 Express ending the squad’s four-game losing skid on Saturday.
Emerging from an injury-riddled season and with just four days of practice with the Bolts, Ildefonso scored 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in his first game with Meralco. He provided set ups for crucial shots for gunners Gary David, Jared Dillinger and John Wilson.
Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio described the 37-year-old Ildefonso’s benefit to the team as “enormous,” saying all he wanted was to give the basketball to a players like Ildefonso who can make the “right decisions” in the end.
“He [Ildefonso] really believes he’s not done yet. And I’m giving him the opportunity and the stage to do it,” said Gregorio.