Chris Ross named PBA Player of the Week

Chris Ross continues to defy age and showcase his basketball prowess. Despite San Miguel facing numerous injuries, the 38-year-old guard has stepped up his game and propelled the Beermen towards a strong finish in the PBA Season 48 Commissioner’s Cup elimination phase.

During the period of December 13 to 17, Ross played a pivotal role in the team’s victories over formidable opponents. He contributed 22 points in a dominant 95-82 win against Brgy. Ginebra, followed by a crucial 98-93 come-from-behind victory over TNT.

In these two games, Ross displayed his versatility and impact on both ends of the court. He averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.5 steals, showcasing his all-around skills. His contributions have not only helped San Miguel climb up the standings but also put them in contention for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, currently tied with NorthPort for fourth to fifth places at 5-3.

Ross’s performance is a testament to his experience and resilience, proving that he is aging like fine wine and remains a valuable asset to the Beermen.

Ross’ exceptional leadership and assertive approach in guiding San Miguel to consecutive victories earned him the unanimous selection as the PBA Press Corps-Pilipinas Live Player of the Week.

Despite tough competition from his San Miguel teammates CJ Perez and Jericho Cruz, as well as the Meralco trio of Allein Maliksi, Chris Newsome, and Chris Banchero, and Rain or Shine’s Andre Caracut and rookie Keith Datu, Ross truly stood out for the Beermen during the week.

Notably, he showcased his shooting prowess by making 6-of-9 three-pointers against the Gin Kings, including a couple of crucial shots in the closing moments that demoralized the defending champions.

Although Ross only scored five points against the Tropang Giga, he delivered a pivotal three-pointer at the 2:43 mark of the final quarter, igniting a strong finishing surge by the Beermen and sealing the comeback victory.

Overall, the San Miguel playmaker maintained an impressive shooting average of 67 percent from the field. Notably, he excelled beyond the arc, shooting an impressive 58 percent (7-of-12). It is worth mentioning that this player, known for his defensive skills in the PBA, showcased his offensive prowess as well.

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