SAN Miguel guard Chris Ross refused to make a big fuss out of his career game Wednesday night when he helped steer the Beermen to a rousing 112-107 win over Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Ross had a huge night against the tough Elasto Painters, firing away a career-high 22 points, while dishing off 10 assists, adding five rebounds and five steals to start in place of injured playmaker Sol Mercado.
“We kinda take every game the same no matter the opponent,” a humble Ross said after the game.
The 29-year-old cat-quick guard admitted the team got some satisfaction in beating Rain or Shine after the Elasto Painters humiliated the Beermen when they ousted them during the Philippine Cup semifinals, 4-1.
“I know the guys who are here last conference wanted to get this win. Of course, it’s a morale booster, but we’re not satisfied, we need to get back to work.”
The goal according to Ross, remains the same which is to keep getting better in time for the playoffs.
“We knew if we can be 3-1 with the type of schedule we play, it would favor us in the long run,” he said.
“Being 3-1, it’s a good feeling but we know it’s only the beginning. Last conference, we’re 8-0, but we fell short in the conference. So we just have to keep getting better,” added the Fil-Am guard, selected fourth overall during the 2009 Draft.
Now playing for his fourth team in the league after playing for Coca-Cola, Sta. Lucia and Meralco, Ross cited the Beermen’s good floor spacing as one of the reasons why he had good looks to the basket.
“A lot of the guys are getting into work before practice and after practice, getting a lot of shots, and coach (Todd Purves) told us if we’re open, just shoot it with confidence,” explained Ross.
“That’s what a lot of the guys are doing, they get space and we’re pretty unselfish. We have close to 25 assists per game,” he added.
With big men like June Mar Fajardo and import Kevin Jones getting double-team most of the time, Ross said guards like him need to anticipate a kick-out pass and be ready to knock down the jump shot or three-point attempt.
“We know we’re gonna get open looks because June Mar and KJ are getting doubled. We just need to catch and shoot with confidence,” he added.
San Miguel returns to action on Saturday as it shoots for its fourth win in five starts against the unpredictable Barako Bull squad.