PBA: Finals MVP Ross says Game 4 win ‘fired up’ the team

PBA: Finals MVP Ross says Game 4 win ‘fired up’ the team

Ross – despite winning the most valuable player award – gave due credit to veteran teammates for showing up in the clutch.

PBA Philippine Cup Finals most valuable player Chris Ross was one player that did not quit on San Miguel when the going got tough.

Ross – who became the first player in 13 years to have averaged less than 10 points per game to become the series’ best individual player – won the plum based on the grit he displayed in the four consecutive wins the Beermen secured to overturn an 0-3 deficit to win the crown.

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Looking back at the series, Ross pointed out that their Game 4 victory – pulled out from a double-digit deficit in the final three minutes of regulation – saved their season and inspired the entire squad.

San Miguel Beermen guard Chris Ross
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“They were up 13 points in the final three minutes and they were celebrating, and I saw on the screen and saw the “Race to Finals MVP” and saw three guys up there. I said, this can’t happen right now,” said Ross.

“So we made plays. Marcio [Lassiter] made shots, Arwind [Santos] made defensive plays, and we were able to win the game. We were tough enough to squeak that game and I really think that was the turning point [of the series],” he added.

The win fulfilled their wish of not getting swept in the Finals series – but unknown to them, it would bear fruit of giving their franchise its 22nd PBA title.

“It fired up the whole team. We were in it every game [of the series], we just had to make the plays at the end and we were finally able to make the play that gave us the confidence and say that we can beat these guys.”

Despite getting the nod as the best of the best among the San Miguel Beermen, he continuously deflected the praise to his fellow veteran teammates Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter for showing up in the crunch, especially with June Mar Fajardo not being 100 percent in the series.