PBA: I don’t really care about records -- Ross
Mark Escarlote on Jul 29, 2019 10:52 PM
You know me I don’t really care about records or stats. My goal is to help my team win. No matter if I score zero or I score 40—no matter what—as long as my team wins, I’m happy for us -- Chris Ross
Chris Ross was the latest player to join the elite club of shooters with a performance for the books.
The San Miguel Beer guard wrote his name beside PBA greats Alan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes, teammate Marcio Lassiter and TNT’s RR Pogoy in the list of local players who made 10 triples in a game.
Ross’ performance from downtown highlighted the Beermen’s amazing comeback from 29 points down to a stunning 117-105 win over Rain or Shine on Monday to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series at the MOA Arena.
Ross shot 10-of-16 from beyond the arc for a personal-best 34 points to go with eight assists and three steals before calling it a night with 1:39 left in the fourth period.
However, Ross was quick to downplay his career shooting night.
“Actually, Marcio texted me and said, ‘Man you should’ve gotten one more. You would’ve beat my record.’ But I’m good with just being at 10 as long as we win,” he said. “You know me I don’t really care about records or stats. My goal is to help my team win. No matter if I score zero or I score 40—no matter what—as long as my team wins, I’m happy for us.”
Still, Ross felt overwhelmed by the mere mention of his name alongside other great shooters.
“It’s amazing to be mentioned with those guys,” he said. “This is a testament to hard work and my teammates believing in me.”
Ross’ feat came at the heels of Pogoy’s 10 triples last June 12 in the Katropa’s win over Barangay Ginebra where he finished with a career-high 38 points.
Lassiter, who is out for at least six weeks after sustaining a left knee injury last week, did his feat four years ago in Governors’ Cup against the Elasto Painters.
Ross got some encouragement from the last SMB player to nail that much triples in a match.
“Actually on my way to the gym I was texting with Marcio, he was just telling me man, ‘Bruh, just shoot the ball, man. Trust your work and just shoot the ball,’” Ross said. “So when you get a text like that from one of the best shooters ever in the history of the league, then you do what he says. So I went out there and just shot the ball, man.”
“I put in so much work and I’m confident enough of myself to not to shoot those shots, but while your teammates — Cio, not only Cio but all my other teammates telling me to shoot the ball, it gives me so much confidence in the world,” he added.
“Luckily I was able to make a few.”
And those ‘few’ just got Ross in into the elite list.
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