ADD one more superhero to the cast of San Miguel Beer’s powerhouse lineup.
After Arwind 'Spiderman' Santos and 'Super Marcio' Lassiter, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser is building his own moniker based from a super hero figure.
Inspired by the blockbuster hit movie Black Panther, the Filipino-American wingman has been mirroring the Wakanda people’s trademark gesture as his form of celebration after every a slam dunk.
“I’ve seen the movie three times already, so after watching, I was like, I think I should do that after a dunk, and it kind of stuck,” Ganuelas-Rosser related. “I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback from the fans, and I’ll just keep doing it.”
“I got a lot of inspiration from Black Panther, just the way he attacks, but he’s humble at the same time,” he added. “For me, I’m just out there having fun.”
“We have Super Marcio, we have Spiderman, so I got my own (superhero) now,” the 27-year-old cager continued.
Ganuelas-Rosser has been one of the unsung heroes of the Beermen, thrust to the starting lineup in the team’s last two games against Ginebra with Chris Ross nursing a thigh injury.
MGR has been repaying the faith, putting up 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks, and one steal, without committing a single turnover in almost 37 minutes in the close-out Game Five on Saturday night.
“I’m just doing what I’ve been doing my whole life,” the former Gilas Pilipinas member said. “That’s been my game: rebounding, energy, and defense. I’m thankful that I’m on this team now, and they really just let me do me.”
“The coaches, management, the rest of the team, they just give me confidence to go out and play my game, so it feels good to play like that on a close-out game like this,” he added.
Ganuelas-Rosser believes he’s just in the right place, at the right time – ahead of his first finals appearance with the Beermen.
“I think it’s a combination of everything: opportunities: I’m healthy right now, and just confidence from the coaches and management,” Ganuelas-Rosser said. “I really credit a lot of it to them, and my teammates. I’ve played with a lot of great players, but this group of guys, they really make my job a lot easier.”