PBA: Ross fires 7 triples in "reverse LeBron headband game"
Paul Lintag on Aug 01, 2018 10:19 PM
By putting a headband on, Ross suddenly became the best shooter in the floor in the PBA Finals.
Remember when LeBron lost his headband and then he went berserk to help save the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals?
Well Chris Ross kinda had that game for San Miguel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals against Brgy. Ginebra.
In a weird case of friendly fire, Ross had his forehead busted open after taking an elbow from teammate Renald Balkman late in the first half of Game 3 Wednesday at the Big Dome.
Come the third quarter, Ross showed up with a taped forehead and a headband to match.
By putting the headband on, Ross suddenly became the best shooter in the floor.
Granted, Ross was already on fire pre-headband, nailing four triples in the first half for 14 points. But come the third, the reigning Best Player of the Conference, who's mostly known for being a pest on defense, couldn't miss.
Ross drilled three straight treys on opposite corners in the third quarter, with the last one giving San Miguel a 73-62 lead as the Beermen started to gain separation from Ginebra.
SMB wound up winning by 38 points to take over the Finals with a 2-1 series lead.
"It’s like… I don’t know if y’all remember LeBron couple of years ago, he was wearing the headband and he took it off and he had a great game so this is like the reverse and I love it," Ross said post-game, cleary having fun of the whole situation.
"It’s like they’re calling me ‘Headband Ross’ today, so… [Chuckles] I don’t wanna make a habit of wearing headbands. It’s not comfortable for me. Hopefully we could stitch it up and stop the bleeding and I’ll be ready to play on Friday," he added.
On a serious note on his hot shooting, Ross says he just wanted to shoot.
Ross scored a grand total of zero points in Game 2 and he had a feeling Ginebra was going to challenge him in Game 3. So he prepared for it and it paid off.
"I played against Tim Cone long enough to know that he was gonna challenge me today. Cause last game, I only took one shot. I prepared for that yesterday, I took lots of shots," he said.
"I knew that they’re gonna challenge me to take shots today. I just stepped out there and shot with confidence. I knew we were shooting the ball well early and my teammates kept passing me the ball, and I was open, I just kept shooting. Even if I missed a few in a row, I kept shooting, kept shooting, kept shooting," Ross added.
As for his cut, Chris is getting stitched up to avoid wearing a headband in the future.
But that comes next as fetching his mother is the main priority for now.
"My mom is in town right now with my nephew, so I’m gonna pick her up first from my house and we’re gonna go to the ER so she could hold my hand," Ross said.
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