CJ Perez: From Hardship to Triumph as PBA Finals MVP

CJ Perez: From Hardship to Triumph as PBA Finals MVP

San Miguel guard CJ Perez’s journey to success has been nothing short of remarkable, characterized by perseverance, determination, and unwavering dedication. Fondly known as “The Predator,” Perez recently clinched the PBA Finals Most Valuable Player award, marking a crowning achievement in his basketball career.

Throughout the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, Perez proved to be a formidable force on the court, showcasing his versatility and skill set. Averaging an impressive 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 3.2 steals per game, Perez consistently delivered standout performances when it mattered most. In the pivotal Game 6 victory, the dynamic guard exploded for a playoff career-high of 28 points, with an astounding 24 points coming in the second half alone.

For Perez, the triumph in the finals was the culmination of a grueling journey that saw him tirelessly compete in various basketball tournaments, including the FIBA World Cup. Speaking in Filipino, Perez expressed his gratitude for the blessings bestowed upon him, acknowledging the fruits of his labor and the support of his teammates and coaches.

“I have been really blessed. [I played] in the Asian Games, and I was a part of the World Cup [roster.] Overwhelming,” Perez remarked, reflecting on his journey to success. “I think this is the fruit of my effort. These are all blessings from the Lord that He gave me. I’m just grabbing it and I’m grateful.”

Perez’s impact in the finals was particularly evident during crucial moments in the game, as he rallied his team from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Displaying exceptional skill and composure, Perez erupted for 12 of San Miguel’s last 24 points, ultimately sealing the victory with a clutch three-pointer that solidified the Beermen’s triumph.

Reflecting on his journey to success, Perez expressed gratitude to his coaches for their unwavering support and belief in his abilities. “I am really blessed because of course, this early in my career, these kinds of blessings come my way. It may not come easily because I had to go through a lot of sweat and dissatisfaction before I get here,” Perez remarked, acknowledging the challenges he faced along the way.