ALEX Cabagnot and Chris Ross have performed so evenly this PBA Commissioner’s Cup that they ended up tied in the statistical points standings at the end of the semifinals with 34.125 SPs each.
If he could have his way, Cabagnot might as well share the Best Player of the Conference award with his backcourt partner – to also avoid pressuring voters of the unenviable task to choose between them.
“I wish we both win,” Cabagnot said after SMB’s 109-97 win over TNT in Game Three of the Finals on Sunday night. “I think that’s never happened. Chris and I would love to share something.”
“It’s good for our careers also, but it’s just indicative for our friendship and our samahan that we share something like this,” he added. “It would be awesome, but I don’t know how it works.”
The league is set to award the conference’s Best Player and Best Import before Game Four on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Cabagnot and Ross have continued to stuff the stat sheet in the finals despite their numbers having not having significance in the SPs standings anymore, taking turns running the show the last two games.
After Ross starred in Game Two with 20 points, nine assists, five boards, four steals, and one block in the 102-88 win, Cabagnot took over in Game Three with a season-high 28 points – although he took 23 shots to get his total, on top of nine rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in almost 39 minutes of play.
“It’s indicative that’s just the makeup of our team,” Cabagnot said. “One guy could be doing well, the other guy could be doing well, but in the end collectively as a team (we’re doing well).”
Cabagnot played down his offensive onslaught, giving more importance to his hustle stats.
“Those are the same shots that are presentable to me,” the lefty 6-foot combo guard said. “Not every night you score twenty-eight points or something but hopefully the little things that help the team, you know the little things that you do – rebounds, try to make the steals and play defense and hopefully the shot goes in.”
With him and Ross leading the way, the Beermen are poised to move closer to another championship, but Cabagnot is not letting his guard down against the Texters in what has turned out to be a physical battle that’s living up to expectations.
And Cabagnot is embracing every moment of it.
“Well it wouldn’t be the finals if it’s not (that physical) I think,” the 34-year-old cager said. “And it’s good for the fans naman. It’s good for the PBA. It’s entertainment and I’m glad we’re entertaining the people and entertaining everybody.”
“But we gotta understand that it’s just a ball game and everybody’s trying to get a mental edge,” he added.