While the San Miguel Beermen are still basking in the glow of their epic championship run in the PBA Philippine Cup, their dismal Commissioner’s Cup performance last season isn’t lost on them.
Last season, the Beermen fell complacent after winning the All-Filipino crown, suffering through a slow start in the Commissioner’s Cup. Not even an import switch midway the elimination round could save them from an early exit, as they wound up with a 4-7 record, good for 9th in the tournament.
“We know the type of conference we had last Commissioner’s Cup. So we’re using that as a motivation,” Chris Ross told FOX Sports on Wednesday night.
After a much-needed respite from the grueling and emotional Finals series against Alaska, the Beermen are now ready to bury the ghost of last year’s mid-season debacle.
“We’re working hard, we had 5 days off after Game 7 and now got back to work. We’ll definitely have a better showing this time,” said Ross.
An underrated point guard coming into the championship series, Ross went on to become the game-changer the Beermen were looking for since losing June Mar Fajardo to a left knee injury at the start.
“Ever since I’ve played basketball, I’ve never cared about individual awards,” the Finals MVP said.
Ross typifies the mental approach the Beermen need to get over the Commissioner’s Cup hump.
“I may have proven people wrong, I don’t care about that. All I care about is that I’m part of a winning team, and when I’m on the court, I give my everything in helping my team win,” Ross said.
San Miguel will start its Commissioner’s Cup campaign on the road against Mahindra on Feb. 20 at Biñan, Laguna.