Barangay Ginebra’s Search for Greatness, San Miguel’s Strength in Unity
San Miguel Beer, a club with enviable roster depth that it had enough talent to spare despite injuries to major players, was caught in a two-game slide when it ran into Barangay Ginebra late Friday night.
Faced with a chance to bolster its bid for a playoff incentive, the Beermen’s veteran skipper reached for a reminder.
“I told the guys that in this two-game losing streak, we were going one-on-one. I told the guys if we just played with each other and shared the ball, it would make it so much easier for everyone else,” said Chris Ross shortly after a 95-82 triumph over the Gin Kings.
“We’re talented. If we just played the game the right way, the ball will find the [right] person,” he added.
That was indeed the case that night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, when San Miguel used a strong second quarter behind Ross and new pickup Don Trollano to bury the crowd darlings in a 20-point hole.
And again when the Gin Kings threatened to come back in the final frame, the Beermen again turned to its playing assistant coach Ross, while Jericho Cruz pitched in to help them hold on for a win and a 4-3 win-loss record that brought them a notch closer to the Top 4.
“This game was really big for us. Before the game, I told the players that through this game, we’ll give ourselves a chance to make it to the Top 4. We just had to cut our losing streak, and we did just that. Hopefully, we can go on a [winning] streak,” said coach Jorge Gallent.
Ross topscored with 22 points.