Once again, we have pillars of the PBA going head-to-head, Philip "The Scholar" Cezar and the "Tower of Power" Benjie Paras. Considered as one of the best "thinking" forwards in the history of the PBA, Philip Cezar was hence dubbed as "The Scholar" and was known for his grace and finesse unlike power forwards of today who rely on brute strength. The Scholar was also known for his stretch lay-ups, two-handed shot blocks and for beating the one and only Ramon "El Presidente" Fernandez in the finals of the Sprite 1979 One-on-One challenge. He finished his career with as the No. 6 leading scorer with 12,077 points, the fifth all-time best rebounder with 5,834 total rebounds, and No. 2 in shotblocks with 1,370 (hence, earning him the moniker Tapal King). "The Tower of Power" Benjie Paras, on the other hand, wasn't just a basketball player, but an intense force of nature. Paras was known for his amazing ball-handling, powerful rebounding, deft mid-range shooting, well-timed shot blocks and the uncanny ability for inside scoring. As a plus, he not only won Rookie of the Year, but also took home the Most Valuable Player award in the same year, the only PBA player to be able to do so. Paras played in a total of 574 games in his career, ending with 10,322 points, 4,402 rebounds, 1,822 assists, 1,323 blocks and 221 steals. Between these two icons of Philippine Basketball, who is indeed the one and only Tapal King?
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