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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Chris Ross has relentlessly proven his worth to the San Miguel Beermen this past year, and the 32-year-old guard is finally getting recognized league-wide for it through his claiming the Best Player of the Conference award for the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup.
Ross earned himself a total of 1,038 statistical points to hoist the plaque given him on Wednesday, June 28, right before Game 4 of the finals against TNT KaTropa at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Ross bested only his teammates Alex Cabagnot (746) and perennial winner June Mar Fajardo (530), with all 3 leading the race through to the semifinals. TNT's Jayson Castro (630) and GlobalPort's Stanley Pringle (415) were also in the running.
The Beermen's ace playmaker has grown into a vaunted two-way player since last season, leading his team to 4 titles in the last couple of years. He also copped the Finals MVP honor in the 2016 Philippine Cup, when San Miguel staged the biggest comeback in league history from a 3-0 series deficit to win the title.
Meanwhile, teammate Charles Rhodes secured the title of Best Import after garnering 1,174 statistical points.
He won the recognition over Star's Ricardo Ratliffe (943), Barangay Ginebra's Justin Brownlee (706), and TNT's Josh Smith (536). – Rappler.com