Chris Ross says offensive outburst just a bonus, takes pride in defense on Jayson Castro
Chris Ross goes for a dunk against Ranidel De Ocampo. Jaime Campos

CHRIS Ross was proud of his defense apart as much as his rare offensive outburst for San Miguel Beer in the 97-86 win over TNT KaTropa in Game Four of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Tuesday night.

While he suddenly waxed hot from deep with five triples en route to a career-high 31 points, the veteran playmaker didn’t forget his defensive duties as he had a hand in shackling Jayson Castro, who scored 13 markers but took 17 attempts to reach his total, missing his five three-point attempts.

“I always look at it on defense, trying to limit Jayson,” Ross said. “He's been carving us up, averaging a double-double so I just really look at the defense, try to make it tough on Jayson because he's what makes them go.”

“Offense is just a plus, as long as I can try to limit Jayson then I'm happy with that,” he added.

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Still, Ross made a conscious effort to be more aggressive on offense after deferring to his teammates for the longest time.

“I was being aggressive, warmups I was making a lot of shots so I just wanted to come out and be aggressive,” Ross said. “If we went down three-one, then it would be tough on us. I just wanted to come out, be aggressive and try to lead by example.

“I'm usually the one leading by being a vocal leader, but today, I kind of wanted to lead by example, give energy and try to help my teammates,” he added. “It kind of worked.”

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