CHRIS Ellis showed what exactly he can do when in the pink of health after playing a key role in Barangay Ginebra’s 89-70 win over Mahindra that got the team back on track in the PBA Philippine Cup.
The high-flying forward came off the bench to score 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while adding two rebounds in his best game yet since recovering from a groin injury that kept him out of action for most of season-ending Governors Cup.
Ellis’ three-point shot midway through the third period sparked a 10-0 blast for a 55-45 lead, a run that allowed the Kings to pull away from a tight 45-all contest. He scored 10 of his total output during the quarter.
“Once we get our rhythm and flow going, it’s really hard to stop us. You can see that once we get on the same cue, the whole team is hard to stop,” said Ellis, who played for 22 minutes in the win that evened Ginebra’s record at 2-2.
“Everybody on our team is capable of scoring on any given night.”
The 6-foot-4 former slamdunk champion said he’s been fully healed from the slight tear on his groin.
“I’m doing great now. I love the fact that I can run and jump now, just don’t take anything for granted,” Ellis disclosed.
And proof that he can jump high again was the third quarter sequence in which he came from the right wing and went for an alley-oop off a perfect lob by by guard LA Tenorio.
Too bad, he failed to complete the play in what would have been the highlight reel of the night.
“I’m disappointed I didn’t get that,” he said of the botched play. “But that was a great pass.”
Ginebra returns to action on Sunday against Alaska, and Ellis admitted he’ll go again and try the same act.
“The next time we have that opportunity, we’ll gonna try again,” he said just before he left the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Friday night.