Chris Ross quick to play down near-triple double as coach hails 'his best game in PBA'
SMB guard Chris Ross, not usually known for his scoring, delivered a season-high 19 points and came an assist and rebound shy of a triple-double. Jaime Campos

SAN Miguel Beer is more than just June Mar Fajardo and import AZ Reid.

Chris Ross proved that as the defensive-minded point guard showed his offensive prowess to spark the Beermen’s 100-85 win over Barangay Ginebra on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.

While Fajardo and Reid came up with double-doubles, Ross, not usually known for his scoring, delivered with a season-high 19 points and came an assist and rebound shy of a triple-double.

“We’re playing team ball,” the Filipino-American guard said. “The ball’s moving and it’s equal opportunity for everyone.”

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“The assists are all about my teammates,” he added. “I can make any pass, but they have to make the shot. And I have confidence in them and they have confidence in me, so we’re just trying to play together.”

Still, Ross insists he wasn’t conscious that he could reach a triple-double as he was more focused on helping the Beermen cruise to their fifth straight win for a 5-2 win-loss card.

“I don’t really pay attention to that (numbers),” the six-year league veteran said. “I try to guard, play hard, and try to make plays for my team. As long as we win, that’s all that matters.”

Beermen coach Leo Austria made special mention to Ross for the offensive spark he provided.

“The biggest factor here was Chris Ross,” Austria said of Ross, who still lived up to his original role with two steals in 34 minutes. “He played really well. I think that’s the best performance of his career in the PBA.”

But that is the least of Ross’ concerns for the Philippine Cup champions.

“It’s all about the team,” he said. “We have the character to go all the way again.”

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