Ross now a thorn to TNT's side after career outing in Game 4

Paul Lintag on Feb 15, 2017 09:24 AM
Ross now a thorn to TNT's side after career outing in Game 4
Ross just saved the Beermen from going down 1-3 against powerhouse TNT KaTropa by exploding for a career-high 31 points in Game 4.

Chris Ross is making a habit of flipping that proverbial switch every time the going gets tough for San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup.

Last season, his late-series heroics earned him a Finals MVP award as San Miguel completed an epic "Beeracle" run from 0-3 down to win the Finals against a stunned Alaska team.

This season, Ross just saved the Beermen from going down 1-3 against powerhouse TNT KaTropa by exploding for a career-high 31 points in Game 4 Tuesday.

Thirty-one points is a lot, and for a guy like Ross whose specialty is defense, 31 points is insane especially since he dropped 18 in one quarter alone.

"I was being aggressive, warmups I was making a lot of shots so I just wanted to come out and be aggressive," the reigning Defensive Player of the Year said.

"If we went down 3-1 then it would be tough on us, I just wanted to come out, be aggressive and try to lead by example. I'm usually the one leading by being a vocal leader but today I kinda wanted to lead by example, give energy and try to help my teammates. It kinda worked," Ross added.

Despite a career outing, Ross is still in charge of shutting down TNT's Jayson Castro, a job well done so far in this series since the Blur hasn't exploded offensively yet.

However, Castro has been burning the Beermen without scoring that much points, tallying double-digit assists in both TNT victories.

Game 4 Ross snapped that streak as Castro finished with only 13 points on 29 percent shooting and only had six dimes. A small victory in itself.

"I always look at it on defense, trying to limit Jayson [Castro] but he's been carving us up, averaging a double-double," Ross said.

"So I just really look at the defense, try to make it tough on Jayson because he's what makes them go. Offense is just a plus, as long as I can try to limit Jayson then I'm happy with that," he added.

 


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