THERE are holes in Alaska’s usually air-tight defense, after all.
Chris Ross exploited them and scored easy baskets that helped San Miguel Beer in its 110-104 victory in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday.
The Filipino-American playmaker, known more for his defense, contributed on the offensive end for the Beermen this time, finishing with 11 points after going scoreless in the first half.
Most of his production came from breakaway layups after catching the Aces’ defense uncharacteristically napping at times, especially down the stretch.
“It’s hard to pressure me,” Ross beamed. “I’ve got good hold of the ball and I’m pretty quick, so I just try to pressure the defense.”
The All-Defensive team member added he tried to push the pace after the Aces pounced on the Beermen’s deliberate style of play the first few games.
“We’ve been setting it up a lot and they’re pressuring us – and that’s what they want,” Ross said. “So I just tried to change the tempo of the game and try to get easy baskets for our team.”
Aces coach Alex Compton admitted Ross’ transition points hurt them most.
“I thought Chris Ross getting layups really killed us,” Compton said. “It’s fundamental breakdowns. It can’t happen. We have to be better.”
Ross flirted with a triple-double as he finished with 11 rebounds, and nine assists in 34 minutes in a rare start.
“The only stat that matters to me is the W,” Ross insisted. “Almost having a triple-double is icing on the cake. It really doesn’t matter.”