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    Extra hours of shooting practice pays off as spot-on Chris Ellis bails out Ginebra

    Mar 8, 2014
    Chris Ellis says he spent two hours before practice polishing his three-point shot, feeling the need to add a new dimension to his game under a new Ginebra system that encourages more ball movement to find the open men, both inside and in the wings. Jerom

    BARANGAY Ginebra should be thankful that high-flyer Chris Ellis has spent all those extra hours in the gym polishing his three-point shooting.

    Known more as a slasher and open-court player, the Ginebra sophomore hit a pair of huge three-pointers late in regulation and early in overtime to bail out the Gin Kings on their way to a 108-104 win over Barako Bull in their PBA Commissioner's Cup bow on Friday night.

    Ellis said he spent two hours before practice polishing his three-point shot, feeling the need to add a new dimension to his game under a new Ginebra system that encourages more ball movement to find the open men, both inside and in the wings.

    “I’m trying to show them that I’m a shooter and I’m able to shoot on open shots,” said the sixth pick overall last season, who hit the three-pointer that forced overtime as well as another trey that nudged the Gin Kings ahead early in overtime.

    The extra work has apparently paid off.

    A 29 percent shooter from three-point range last season, the flamboyant Ginebra sophomore went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc against the Energy en route to a 17-point effort and a Player of the Game citation. 

    “Every single day, we’re there (in the gym) early two hours before practice. Everybody’s working on their shots because it’s just a mental thing,” said the product of Mary Liarden Baylor. 

    “I’m just trying to have a good time, get our muscle memory and trying to get consistency there.”

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    Ellis said the Ginebra coaching staff has actually designed plays this conference that allow shooters like him and Mark Caguioa, LA Tenorio and import Leon Rodgers to get kickout passes when opponents clog the lane to stop Twin Towers Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar.

    “I think in the past, we had a lot of stagnant plays where there’s a lot of standing around. But now we have movement. And now we got all the pieces, it’s gonna get better,” said a beaming Ellis.

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    Chris Ellis says he spent two hours before practice polishing his three-point shot, feeling the need to add a new dimension to his game under a new Ginebra system that encourages more ball movement to find the open men, both inside and in the wings. Jerom
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