CHRIS Ross doesn’t consider San Miguel’s big win over reigning PBA Governors Cup champion Barangay Ginebra a statement game in the team’s ambitious bid to complete a grand slam.
Ross said the Beermen treated the Ginebra game just like the rest of the field, knowing every win in the single round eliminations is substantial in the race for a berth in the quarterfinals.
The Beermen dominated the Kings in their highly-anticipated duel right from the get-go before weathering a late charge by the league’s most popular ballclub.
“No game is more significant than the other. That’s the kind of approach that we’re taking,” said Ross, who had 20 points, four rebounds, five assists, and four steals in San Miguel’s fifth win in eight outings.
“We got to win each game no matter who’s our opponent.”
More than anything else, the Fil-Am guard said the Beermen appeared to have regained the momentum after losing back-to-back games for only the second time this season two weeks ago.
Ross, who averaged 23.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in the team’s last two games that earned him Player of the Week honor from the PBA Press Corps, felt the Beermen weren’t really playing bad in two of their three losses this conference. It just happened San Miguel is under the microscope nowadays especially as it eyes to complete a rare sweep of all three conferences in the league’s 42nd season.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the team,” said Ross. “We lost two of our games by just one point. NLEX was just by one possession, and Star was just by one possession.
“I felt like we were playing good enough to win games. We just couldn’t make plays in the end.”
Ross also welcomes the arrival of new import Terrence Watson, who he thinks give the Beermen a chance ‘to compete.’
With the big win over Ginebra, San Miguel has put itself in a better position to finish within the Top Four and earn a twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs. The Beermen will have bottom teams KIA and Phoenix for their next two opponents, before capping their elimination round campaign against Meralco.