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Who's Better?

Eric Menk

Who wouldn't want Eric Menk on their team? The guy is a perfect symbol of hard work and discipline. He is strong enough to post anybody up, but if the defense sags to take away the post game he can burn them with his smooth jumper. Led the league in scoring in the first conference, hitting over 26 points per game. Rebounding? This man is a monster. Averaged over 13 rebounds a game in the All-Filipino conference, and that was when Sonny Alvarado was still playing (and getting a good share of the rebounds as well). Menk brings the entire package on the floor every night. You can't miss him because he'll be the one jumping for all the rebounds and running down court as fast as he can. His defense is rock solid, and provides his team with the interior presence required from a true center. If there is any weakness in this man's game, it'd probably be related to his desire to be the best in what he does. He was terribly disappointed when Tanduay elected to play Alvarado at the risk of losing those games by forfeit, and he took this as an indication of the team's lack of confidence in him. This shows a strong desire to be the leader of his team, and a willingness to prove that he can carry his team to victory. Overall, Eric Menk is a player that was born out of hard work, dedication, and the will to win.

Danny Seigle

You are the unfortunate defender assigned to man Danny Seigle. He has the ball on the wing, just behind the 3 point line. He's dribbling slowly, sizing you up. His teammates clear out, leaving the lane open for him to drive. Do you back off? He'll pop the 3. Do you deny the shot? He'll go right past you. What the heck are you supposed to do? This scenario is exactly what happens to Seigle's defenders each time he gets the ball. Seigle can hurt you in so many different ways -- he can shoot the 3, he can attack, stop and shoot the short J, or he can even go all the way and embarass you with a strong slam -- as showcased by his 23.6 points per game average in the All Filipino. He's no slouch on the boards too, leading his team in rebounding with over 7 a game. Combine that with natural athleticism and a smooth style, it is easy to see why Seigle has fast become one of the most popular players in the PBA today. So what could possibly be Seigle's weakness? Youth. Remember that "horning" incident with the commissioner during a photo shoot? Although some may argue that having that youthful playfullness could be a good thing, it may also be the only thing that is keeping Seigle from advancing to the next level -- to a hall of fame type player. When Seigle does acquire the maturity of a veteran, how can anyone stop him?


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