CHRIS Ross took it upon himself to play better on Sunday after a disappointing Game Three performance.
Ross was quick to atone in Game Four, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, nine assists, and three steals as the Beermen clinched their PBA Commissioner's Cup best-of-five semifinal series against Alaska, 3-1, with a 104-99 victory.
Ross admitted he was a little bit under the weather during Game Three, where he was held to nine points, three rebounds, and five assists as the Beermen lost in lopsided fashion.
That changed in Game Four, thanks to rest and the determination not to allow Alaska any chance at forcing a rubber match.
“Just being more aggressive,” said Ross when asked what changed from Game Three to Sunday’s match. “Last game, I was aggressive in the first half. I felt a little bit under the weather last game. Second half, my body wasn’t into it.
“Last night, I got a lot of rest and tonight I was mentally locked in for the game knowing we don’t want to give them another chance to extend the series. I knew that I want to give everything in his game to book our ticket to the finals,” Ross said.
Ross said the 125-104 loss to Alaska in Game Three motivated him and the rest of the Beermen to play a level higher.
“You never want to lose a game like that. Their backs were against the wall and they just played harder than us. That’s on me and the other captains. We can’t let that happen. Today, our effort was a lot better. We rebounded the ball and we shared the ball. I’m super proud of the game that we played,” said Ross.
“Credit to Alaska. They pushed us to the limit. They are shorthanded but they fought. Every game was tough. We worked hard for every basket,” said Ross.
Now it's time to get ready for the finals.
“Just want to try to put this behind us, rest tonight, rest tomorrow, and see what happens with the other series,” said Ross.