PBA: They didn’t give me open looks -- Ross
Mark Escarlote on Aug 01, 2019 07:32 AM
They didn’t give me open looks. They changed their game plan -- Chris Ross
Two days after going lights out from downtown, San Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross went ice cold.
Rain or Shine did its assignment of silencing the Beermen gunner to escape with a 112-104 win in Game 3 of the best-of-five 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at the Big Dome on Wednesday.
Save for two triples in the fourth quarter, Ross fell victim to the Elasto Painters’ sticky defense.
After going 10-of-16 from beyond the arc – tying the franchise record for made treys - for a personal-best 34 points in Game 2 on Monday, Ross had a very dry night with just six points in 42 minutes of action.
“They didn’t give me open looks. They changed their game plan,” said Ross, who got all the open looks that he wanted in the Beermen’s comeback from a 29-point deficit in Game 2. “I didn’t get open looks.”
Ross’ scoring took a step back with the Elasto Painters locking on him on defense and also partly with SMB import Chris McCullough taking most of the touches as he logged in a career-high 51 points in a lost cause.
Ross was 2-of-9 from the field and missed his first four of six triples. He put his name on the scoreboard with just nine minutes left in the game.
Ross nailed a go-ahead trey with 9:05 left to put the Beermen on top, 90-89. He followed it up with another triple for a 93-91 lead with 7:30 remaining.
Then Ross went quiet again as the Elasto Painters, this time held on to escape with the win.
“Some things just didn’t go our way at the end of the game,” he said.
Game 4 is on Friday.
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