ANTIPOLO – Chris Ross felt he could’ve given San Miguel Beer a defensive boost had he suited up in SMB’s 98-92 loss to GlobalPort in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night at the Ynares Center.
Sidelined due to a torn meniscus in his right knee, the SMB star playmaker and the team’s top perimeter defender was helpless as he saw the Batang Pier’s explosive backcourt duo of Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo wreak havoc.
"If my presence is needed, this would be the game where I'm needed because they have really good guards and they had big scoring night,” Ross said after the game.
"I'm not saying I could stop them but I could have made them work for their points,” he added.
Pringle finished with a team-high 25 points, while Romeo added 18 markers. Veteran guard Joseph Yeo also scored timely baskets as he chipped in eight points.
SMB import AZ Reid aired his frustration over their lack of defense during a late timeout.
“I’m not calling anybody out. I just said we weren’t playing defense,” Reid said. “They went one-on-one the whole game – Stanley, Joseph, and Romeo. We were late on every defensive rotation.”
“They just beat us one-on-one. They didn’t play team basketball,” he added.
Ross, though, is sticking to the positive that he suffered the injury in this part of their title-retention bid.
“Whatever game it is, it’s tough to see your team go out there and lose. You always want to help, but it’s just the eliminations and we’re looking to the future,” the Philippine Cup Finals MVP said.