SEA Games: Ross’ shooting sparks Gilas run to the gold medal game

Paul Lintag on Dec 09, 2019 11:22 PM
Ross’ shooting sparks Gilas run to the gold medal game
In the third quarter, Ross hit back-to-back triples, igniting a 16-0 run for the Philippines that turned a 47-39 lead into a 63-39 spread, pretty much ending the game. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)

MANILA — Chris Ross will be the first guy to tell you that his focus on the basketball is always defense first, offense second.

But in the semifinals of the 2019 Southeast Asian games here against Indonesia, it was Ross’ offense that sparked Gilas Pilipinas’ game-changing run.

A run that helped propel the Philippines to the gold medal game.

In the third quarter, Ross hit back-to-back triples, igniting a 16-0 run for the Philippines that turned a 47-39 lead into a 63-39 spread, pretty much ending the game.

“I was just trying to be aggressive, take what the defense gives me,” Ross said.

“It's never a concentrated effort on offense for me, it's always defensively for me. I pride myself on defense. If I can get myself going and my teammates going with my energy defensively, I think it's kinda infectious throughout the team,” he added.

Despite beating Indonesia by 27 points, Gilas Pilipinas definitely had trouble against Indonesia.

Before that 16-0 run, Gilas struggled putting the ball through the hoop and the Philippines maintained the upper hand by making sure its defense was solid.

Of course, the leader of Gilas’ defense is Ross, with his impact and ability to rally his troops being second to none.

“The shots weren't falling early, but we said at halftime, that we wanted our defense to kind of create our offense,” Ross said.

“That's what we wanna be known as. We don't wanna be known as an offensive tone, we wanna have our defense create our offense,” he added.


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