Finals MVP Cabagnot saved his best for last in SMB's latest title
Paul Lintag on Jul 02, 2017 11:29 PM
Cabagnot saved his best for last in the Finals, finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Game 6 clincher, becoming the first local player to post a triple-double in the Finals since Willie Miller in 2005.
When it was all said and done, the Best Player of the Conference race between Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot wasn't all that close save for the fact that both players were literally tied when it came to stats.
But stats are only a part of the entire criteria and Ross was the runaway winner when it came to the rest of the categories.
Regardless of missing out on his first BPC award, Cabagnot still managed to snag a meaningful individual award on top of capturing the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the expense of TNT.
For his Herculean effort in helping the Beermen win a 24th championship, Cabagnot took home his first-ever Finals MVP award after norming 20.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in the six-game series.
Cabagnot saved his best for last, finishing with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in the Game 6 clincher, becoming the first local player to post a triple-double in the Finals since Willie Miller in 2005.
"It wasn't close at all. My mom showed me the tally sheet. It wasn't close," Cabagnot said on his BPC loss to Ross.
"I'm happy for him. I know that it's cliche--people say, players say, how we've worked hard and stuff like that, pero I've really seen how he works--how hard he works side-by-side, not just us two, but the rest of the guys. I'm glad that it worked out. I'm glad that God blessed us with this championship," he added.
With the Beermen winning a fifth title in the last eight conferences, Cabagnot highlighted the team's enduring brotherhood.
It all boils down to "samahang walang katulad" just like that old commercial would say.
"We've been together for so long and we know the ultimate goal is for San Miguel to win," Cabagnot said.
"Whoever plays well, we accept that pero talagang we just want to really wi. If anybody else does good, we're happy. The bottomline is we have to win," he added.
Winning the first two titles this season, the obvious next step for San Miguel is to go for the Grand Slam.
But Cabagnot and the Beermen are not thinking about that. At least not yet.
"We're gonna celebrate muna and get our bearings," he said.
" I think the management -- boss RSA, boss Alfrancis and boss Robert, especially coach -- they're really adamant about getting this title. I'm happy we got it for 'em," Cabagnot added.
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