Ross shines again under the brightest of lights
Paul Lintag on Mar 06, 2017 12:28 AM
"You make your name in the playoffs and in the finals." --- 2017 Philippine Cup Finals MVP Chris Ross.
On top of San Miguel's historic three-peat, Chris Ross made history himself by becoming the first player to win back-to-back Philippine Cup Finals MVP awards.
However, despite his near-superhuman effort to lead the Beermen in capturing the Perpetual Trophy, Ross remains the team player, refusing to bask in the personal glory he most definitely deserves.
"I was hoping they's give out five MVPs," Ross said after finishing with 12 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds, and six steals. "Our starters did so much, we played so many minutes and I was just hoping we all could get a trophy."
With the exception of Arwind Santos who played 35 and a half minutes, all San Miguel starters logged in over 40 minutes of play in Game 5.
While San Miguel winning the title was a true team effort, Ross's greatness was magnified in this series against the Gin Kings.
More so in the fourth quarter of Game 5 as the reigning Defensive Player of the Year clamped down on the less fancy side of the floor, steadying the San Miguel ship in the middle of a furious Ginebra comeback.
However, despite his incredible effort, Ross says he actually played bad.
"I actually didn't play too well defense in the fourth. I left my man a few times. I was mad at myself," he said. "But my teammates had my back. We made enough stops at the end."
Shining in the Philippine Cup Finals for the second year in a row, Ross just makes it a point to adjust his game accordingly as the stakes get higher.
After all, legends are made under the brightest of lights.
"I just love the playoffs. I love the finals. I love the lights man and I like playing in front of crowds like that," Ross said.
"It means something. Not saying that the elims don't mean anything but you make your name in the playoffs and in the finals," he added.
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