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    McCullough glad to see SMB respond to challenge after 'cursing' at teammates

    Jul 27, 2019
    PHOTO: edward solo

    CHRIS McCullough admitted cursing at his teammates during a timeout in Game One of the PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine on Saturday.

    With 7:27 left in the third quarter, McCullough was seen during the timeout not joining the huddle in what looked like a verbal altercation with the team.

    McCullough confirmed he had choice words for the team after his team trailed, 66-58, at that point.

    "To be honest, I was cursing at them," McCullough said. "I was just trying to be a leader. We was down, we need a couple of stops to get back in the game."

    McCullough's action appeared to have woken up San Miguel as the Beermen took a 111-105 win over Rain or Shine.

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    San Miguel veteran Arwind Santos played down the incident and didn't mind McCullough's action as they were giving up a lot of rebounds during that time.

    "Wala naman, may sinabi lang siya sa defense namin, reminding lang dahil gusto niya manalo. Kasi sunod sunod 'yung rebounds nila, 'yun lang 'yun. Konting reminder lang. Nagkasagutan lang ng konti," Santos said.

    McCullough, who finished the game with 32 points and 14 rebounds, was glad his teammates responded to the challenge.

    "The players stepped up, everybody stepped up as a team. It was a team effort. We made free throws and we got the good win," McCullough said.

    Santos said McCullough's action was one of the reasons for the Game One win.

    "Maganda rin ginawa ni Chris. Wake-up call sa ganung sitwasyon. Minsan nakakafrustrate kasi ilang offensive rebounds 'yun. Hindi namin makuha, nakukuhanan kami ng rebound. Ang lalaki namin pero nakukuhanan kami ng rebound. Ang dami nilang possession," Santos said.

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