PBA Finals: Ross wins round 2 of “psy war” vs. Jones
Paul Lintag on Aug 07, 2019 11:27 PM
“He's a great player, you gotta play some mind games. I'm gonna play mind games out there. “If he's not mentally strong enough for it, then that's his fault.” — Chris Ross said of Terrence Jones. (Photo by Richard Esguerra)
The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between TNT and San Miguel is now tied at one game each after the Beermen pulled off a marathon win in Game 2 Wednesday.
The psychological warfare between TNT import Terrence Jones and the Beermen, Chris Ross specifically, seems to be all tied up as well.
After Jones got the better in Game 1, Ross and the Beermen got back in Game 2.
With a second motion hit to Ross that led to a second technical foul, Jones was ejected in the first overtime of Game 2, leaving TNT extra vulnerable.
And while the Beermen failed to pounce immediately, they still got the job done in the end and now we have ourselves a series.
“He's a great player, you gotta play some mind games. I'm gonna play mind games out there,” Ross said of Terrence Jones.
“If he's not mentally strong enough for it, then that's his fault,” he added.
With a championship on the line, Ross says he’s ready to do everything in order to help San Miguel win the series.
In Game 2, Ross did his part in actual production, burying seven triples for 25 points. He also got the job done in getting Jones off the playing court with his antics.
“Of course, man. Finals, you gotta bring out everything. I'm not doing anything dirty. I'm not talking trash, I'm just playing mind games. So, when the stakes are this high, you gotta bring out all the stops that you got, man,” Ross said.
“So I mean I did it in the playoffs with Bolick and talked to him after, same with Nambatac and Mocon in the semifinals. And I've done it with this group before too. They know me, this league knows what I do, I'm doing anything I can to help my team win,” he added.
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