Ross gives Meralco Bolts and Newsome props

Jun 21, 2024

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MANILA, Philippines – Chris Ross, a veteran from San Miguel, was clearly very disappointed with the outcome of the PBA Philippine Cup finals. Still, he politely conceded that Meralco had a right to win the league title for the first time in the team’s existence.

As Meralco defeated them 80-78 in Game 6 of the championship series at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to win the championship, Ross said, “Let’s give credit to them. They were a well-oiled machine. Each game went down to the wire; there were no blowouts.”

Ross emphasized the Meralco Bolts’ mental fortitude throughout the series. “Even in games where they felt they should have won, they came back like nothing happened, and that takes mental toughness,” he stated.

Chris Newsome, the captain of the Bolts, embodied this way of thinking. Despite shooting just 4-of-17 from the floor, the Fil-Am guard nailed a challenging fallaway jumper with just 1.3 seconds left to win the Bolts’ first championship in 14 years. Newsome won MVP of the PBA Press Corps-Honda Finals for his effort.

Ross was not taken aback by Newsome’s valor. The playing assistant coach for San Miguel acknowledged Newsome’s overall services to the group. “New played amazing. He did everything for that team; he had a 41-point game. He was doing everything, whether it be defending, making big shots, or making the right plays,” Ross said.

“He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well, but that didn’t change his mindset going for that last shot,” Ross said. “I feel like he wanted that. ‘Make it or miss it, just come to me,’ and that’s the confidence you need when you’re the leader of the team.”

The Bolts’ triumph represented tenacity and development and was a huge turning point in the team’s history. To defeat a squad as strong as San Miguel needed extraordinary talent and perseverance. Other teams in the league should take inspiration from Meralco’s performance, as it shows that perseverance and hard effort can pay off against even the most seasoned opponents.

The defeat marks the end of an era of dominance for San Miguel. The Beermen had previously won the league title seven times in a row, demonstrating their supremacy in the league, all under Ross’s direction. The loss in the all-Filipino championship game serves as a reminder of how erratic sports can be and how fresh competitors are always eager to leave their mark.

The Beermen will surely try to bounce back and come back stronger in the seasons as they consider their defeat. The setback might be the impetus for revitalization and rebirth. In the meanwhile, Meralco’s victory will be hailed as a historic one, solidifying their position as the league’s dominant team.

There will be more exciting and competitive seasons to come thanks to the league’s changing dynamics. Teams will aim to surpass Meralco’s outstanding accomplishment, guaranteeing that the PBA will always be a competition for quality and sportsmanship.

Game 6’s pivotal performance by Newsome demonstrates his leadership and tenacity. His capacity to perform well under duress emphasizes how crucial mental toughness is to success. The Bolts’ run to the title highlights the teamwork and perseverance needed to overcome hardship and go to the top of the sport.

This triumph has greater meaning off the basketball floor. For aspirational athletes and teams, it represents motivation and optimism. Meralco’s path serves as a reminder of the importance of tenacity, cooperation, and unflinching confidence in oneself.

Players, coaches, and spectators will all find value in the lessons acquired from this championship series as the league develops. The victory of the Bolts serves as a reminder that any team can succeed if they have perseverance, commitment, and a never-say-die mentality.

In conclusion, the fierce rivalry, the birth of new champions, and the outstanding sportsmanship exhibited by the San Miguel Beermen and the Meralco Bolts will make the 2024 PBA Philippine Cup finals unforgettable. Future generations will be inspired by this championship series’ history, as the PBA looks to the future.

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