ALL is not lost for the San Miguel Beermen. And if there’s a perfect time to prove their championship pedigree, the PBA Governors Cup quarterfinals should be it.
Despite a surprising twist in their campaign for a rare grand slam that saw the team fell from the top all the way to being the no. 6 seed, the Beermen remain confident about their chances even if they’ll be up against no less than defending champions Barangay Ginebra Kings in the first round of the playoffs.
The sister teams square off on Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena, with the Kings enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage for finishing as the third seeded team at the end of the eliminations Sunday.
Chris Ross said San Miguel is still positive going to its series with Ginebra given the short time it will have to lick its wounds following a 104-101 heartbreaker against Meralco.
“I’ve always had confidence with my team. We’re very confident going in (against Ginebra),” said the Fil-Am guard moments after the Bolts edged out the Beermen at the Smart Araneta Coliseum for the no. 1 seed in the playoffs.
Ross finished with 10 points, four rebounds, and seven assists, and his three-pointer down the stretch gave San Miguel its final taste of the lead at 101-100.
But Allen Durham scored the Bolts’ last four points to clinch the win and capped the team’s mighty comeback from a 71-53 deficit in the third period.
Now, Ross and the rest of the Beermen will have to do things the hard way.
Notwithstanding the tremendous task at hand, Ross, a two-time Philippine Cup Finals MVP, is not discounting the Beermen out, recalling to all those who care to listen how they pulled off the greatest comeback in league history last season when they climbed back from a deep 0-3 hole against Alaska to retain the all-Filipino championship.
“There’s never any pressure, this is just basketball. All of us are playing basketball for a long time,“ said Ross. “We’ve all been in this same situations and there’s never been any pressure.”
The San Miguel starting guard also downplayed the slight commotion he got involved with Durham at the half, saying everything ‘was part of the game.’