Chris Ross has last laugh on Yeng Guiao, but refuses to dwell on altercation
SMB guard Chris Ross had seven steals against Rain or Shine and made Game One's biggest basket - a three-pointer that broke the final deadlock at 105-all. Jerome Ascano

CHRIS Ross refused to dwell on his altercation with coach Yeng Guiao and the rest of Rain or Shine after San Miguel’s 109-105 win over the Elasto Painters in Game One of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Tuesday night.

The Filipino-American playmaker got involved in a commotion that started when Guiao bumped him while he waited to inbound the ball infront of the Rain or Shine bench in the third quarter, resulting in technical fouls.

“It’s going to be a war especially with these guys being coached by coach Yeng,” Ross said. “Every game is going to be a war. This is just going to get tougher. Winning a championship or winning a series isn’t easy. The farther we get, the tougher the games are going to be.”

“It’s not my first run-in with those guys,” he added. “It’s the playoffs. They do stuff like that to get under your skin. I’ve been in the PBA for seven years now and I know I got to keep my head, be a vet, and lead the team.”

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Ross had the last laugh as he hit the go-ahead three-pointer with less than two minutes left to lift the Beermen to the come-from-behind win. He also had a career-high seven steals.

Still, the All-Defensive Team member is not taking the Painters for granted.

 “They’re a tough team,” he said. “Coach Yeng has his guys confidence on a very high level. We have to bring our A-game if we want to win this series.”

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