San Miguel Beer point guard Chris Ross was the game changer of the past 2016 Philippine Basketball Association Philippine Cup Finals and was rightfully selected as the Finals Most Valuable Player.
Ross immediately shared the accolades with his teammates who all did their part in the historic charge towards the team’s 22nd overall title and third in the last four conferences.
”We just kept fighting. That’s what we did. I really can’t take the MVP trophy by myself. We’re all MVPs. To me, we’re really all MVPs on this team. I can’t really take the award by myself. It’s really a team thing.”
The San Miguel Beer point guard said each teammate contributed in his own way to help their squad prevail.
”When we’re down 0-3, everybody stepped up. In Game 4, Gabby (Espinas) and Marcio (Lassiter) had All-Star performances. Alex (Cabagnot) hit a big shot in overtime. Then, June Mar (Fajardo) came back for us, playing about 60 percent on his knee,” said Ross.
The San Miguel point guard averaged 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in the Finals. He was instrumental in helping San Miguel win Game 7 when he scored a season-high 21 points, with four triples. Additionally, he had five rebounds and five assists.
Alaska Aces head coach Alex Compton conceded that he and his coaching staff were caught flatfooted with how well Ross performed during the championship series.
”We didn’t have a game plan for Chris Ross. He came up huge. I told him he’s a winner,” said Compton.
Despite being named the Finals Most Valuable Player in the Finals where he helped ignite the Beermen’s astounding comeback from 0-3 down to a 4-3 best-of-seven series victory over Alaska Ross remains grounded. He definitely did not let the accolades get into his head.
Right now he, and his teammates are already thinking about what they need to do to perform well in the coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup conference.
”We’re going to take a quick break and we’re hoping coach (Leo) can give us a full week off. Then we’ll come back for the next conference and try to win another one,” said Ross.