MERALCO is going great guns at the moment, but guard Chris Ross feels it is not the time to rest - injured or not.
“I’m doing foot therapy because I got a left foot sprain. Actually, the doctors advised me to sit out at least one week, but I said I can’t. I’m just gonna play through the pain,” said Ross, who played just 12 minutes in Meralco’s 103-92 win over Globalport last week as a foot injury clearly limited his mobility.
At 5-5, the Bolts mathematically, still have a chance to grab one of the top two spots heading into the playoffs, provided they sweep their last four games while hoping Rain or Shine or Alaska won’t reach 10 wins.
The Bolts have four games left in the elimination round and Ross is bent on delivering his usual numbers, although seldom-used point guard Chris Timberlake has ably filled in, scoring 10 points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing off four assists in 36 minutes of play against the Batang Pier.
“I’ll be ready for the weekend because we have two huge games coming up for us,” Ross said ahead of games against the Petron Blaze Boosters on Friday and Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.
The 28-year-old veteran playmaker had been playing his best basketball this conference since he was drafted fourth overall in 2009 by Burger King.
Prior to the game against the Batang Pier, Ross registered five consecutive double-figure assists as the Bolts went 3-2 during that stretch.
He currently leads the league with 9.1 assists per contest, with his former teammate and top Globalport playmaker Solomon Mercado in second place with 8.2 dimes per game.
Meralco shares joint fourth place with sister team Talk ’N Text and Barangay Ginebra.
Ross said a lot of people may be surprised by the way Meralco has been playing this conference, but he explained that their five victories thus far were a product of hard work and perseverance.
“Maybe it’s (the Bolts’ performance) a surprise to a lot of people outside, but for us, we work hard in practice to be able to perform and win some games and be able to get the opportunity to be in the top four now,” said Ross.
Ross is also hopeful that Macmac Cardona would be able to sustain his monster performance against Globalport, considering that the Bolts’ last four games will be against San Miguel Corp.-owned teams San Mig, Petron, and Barangay Ginebra, and Rain or Shine.
“Macmac’s gonna be huge for us. He’s been a marked man since the beginning of his career,” he said.