PBA: John Fields downplays spat with Chris Ross: Both people want to win
Santino Honasan on Jun 06, 2018 10:33 PM
“Chris Ross is a good competitor, and I’m a competitor, it just got heated. Both people wanna win. He’s a good player.”
For the second straight game, Columbian Dyip found themselves on the wrong end of a blowout, falling to defending champions San Miguel, 129-117, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum.
Throughout the game, Columbian import John Fields and San Miguel guard Chris Ross were going at it, jawing at each other, to the point that both got called for Technical Fouls in the second half.
Fields finished with a monster 19 point-22 rebound outing, but it was Ross’ team that ended up getting the W.
After the game, Fields talked about the little spat with the former PBA Best Player of the Conference, saying that it was just about competition.
“Nah, that’s just water under the bridge.” said Fields. “Chris Ross is a good competitor, and I’m a competitor, it just got heated. Both people wanna win. He’s a good player.”
As for the loss, Fields credits San Miguel’s defensive adjustment that ultimately took them off their game.
The Beermen built a 69-55 lead at the half before Columbian made it more interesting in the third quarter, even taking a three-point lead.
San Miguel ultimately ended the third period on a 14-3 run and ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.
“They switched up the zone and got us a little bit off our pace, a little bit off our rhythm.” Fields said. “I feel like we were in the game, had a chance to win it up to that spot where we went scoreless in the zone and we just couldn’t solve it. I’m just a little disappointed.”
“Nah, it’s just we didn’t execute on offense, I missed shots that I normally make, nothing bugged me, I just gotta play through the physicality and finish better around the rim.” Fields added.
The six-foot-nine Fields also experience going against four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, who dropped a conference-high 37 points to go with 18 boards.
“He’s a good player, good inside moves. Nothing bad to say about the guy, a good person.” Fields said.
With three games left, the Dyip will need to win out all three of their matches in order to secure a spot in the postseason.
“We need to win all three, or two out of these three to get to the playoffs, you know the team, we just gotta push hard. We got a tough one in Ginebra next, that’s gonna be a challenge. We just look forward to the challenge situations and we gotta get back to work in practice.”
Before taking on Ginebra, Fields and Columbian will take on Phoenix on Sunday, June 10th at the Araneta Coliseum.