PBA Finals: Ross feels Jones’ elbow hit was intentional
Paul Lintag on Aug 05, 2019 06:31 AM
“I felt like he purposely went after my nose. He’s done it to multiple people where he is literally going for people’s noses. I’m not the first one,” — Chris Ross on Terrence Jones. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
For the most part, Game 1 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals went about pretty normal.
The intensity was fit for a Finals game and nothing really escalated too much except for the second-half incident involving Terrence Jones and Chris Ross.
Jones was called for an offensive foul after landing an elbow to Ross’ face.
Then Terrence stepped on Ross’ ankle and didn’t let go for a couple of seconds.
“I felt like he purposely went after my nose. I know you’ve seen Mo Tautuaa wears a mask now, the same thing happened to him. He’s done it to multiple people where he is literally going for people’s noses. I’m not the first one, Mo has a mask for it, he broke his nose, I’m not sure if he had surgery. That’s what he does,” Ross said, referring to an earlier game this conference when Jones also landed an elbow to Northport’s Mo Tautuaa.
“Then he stepped on my leg. They said it was an accident but when it’s an accident… if I step on your toe right, you’re going to go right off, right? His legs stood there. Those certain things aren’t basketball plays. If we’re going to play basketball, we’ll play basketball. If you want to play dirty, we’ll play dirty too. We’ll take note of that going to Game 2,” Ross added.
While that incident certainly elevated the intensity of Game 1, it wasn’t enough to spark a comeback on the part of the Beermen.
Jones dominated for TNT and the KaTropa took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-7. For Game 2 and onwards, there’s some minor things the Beermen need to tweak says Ross.
“Jones, he’s a good player. We just got to find a way to do all the small things. We can’t give up offensive rebounds, we can’t give up second chance points, we can’t turn over the ball and have them shoot open layups and open threes. That’s where the game killed us, that’s where the game got out of hand,” Ross said.
“Turning the ball over against this team and having them have two-on-ones and three-on-ones and getting offensive rebounds and uncontested layups, that’s what we got to fix. I told the team that. We got to do the little things right if we want to win this series,” he added.
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