SMB quickly turns attention to Philippine Cup after failed Grand Slam bid

Paul Lintag on Sep 27, 2017 10:40 PM
SMB quickly turns attention to Philippine Cup
Absorbing a demoralizing quarterfinals defeat in the Governors' Cup at the hands of Ginebra, the Beermen are immediately licking their wounds in hopes of going back even stronger in the All-Filipino.

After a failed Grand Slam bid, San Miguel is quickly turning its attention to the Philippine Cup where the team has a chance to win the title for a unprecedented fourth straight year.

Absorbing a demoralizing quarterfinals defeat in the Governors' Cup at the hands of Ginebra, the Beermen are immediately licking their wounds in hopes of going back even stronger in the All-Filipino.

"It hurts all of us in the locker room but there's some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight," guard Chris Ross said.

The old Crispa won the All-Filipino Cup four straight times from 1979-1984. No tournamnts were held in 1981 and 1982.

As it stands, San Miguel is the only team in position to win the Philippine Cup four straight times on successive years.

"We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we've been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years," Ross said.

"Just because we fell short today doesn't mean we're still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we're still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference," he added.

Still, Ross admits that missing out on the triple crown will hurt San Miguel for a little bit.

After all, basketball immortality comes with winning the elusive Grand Slam.

"Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it's how you bounce back from shortcomings so I'm sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room," Ross said.

 


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