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    Sep 7, 2017
    Chris Ross says another import switch doesn't matter as long as the locals play consistently. Jaime Campos

    IT doesn't matter whether it’s Terrence Watson, Terik Bridgeman or Wendell McKines.

    For Chris Ross, San Miguel's locals are the ones who will make the difference in the team's bid for the PBA Governors Cup and complete a rare grand slam.

    The Beermen after all, are not three-time all-Filipino champions for nothing.

    "It's not really about the imports, it's about the locals coming in to play," said Ross in the wake of the team's decision to change import anew in a week's span.

    [See San Miguel replaces import anew as Terrence Watson takes over Terik Bridgeman]

    "If we do that, and the locals coming to play every night, then we'll be a tough team to beat."

    Such was the case on Wednesday night when the San Miguel locals were all in the same page to deal Rain or Shine a 103-96 beating and stop the Elasto Painters' three-game winning run.

    Ross led the Beermen's charge with 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. He also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals as San Miguel ended its back-to-back skid.

    "The playoff mode has come a bit early," said Ross of his fine plays.

    Marcio Lassiter had 22 points, Arwind Santos with 18, and June Mar Fajardo 17. Alex Cabagnot was two points shy of double digits with eight points.

    The balanced scoring made up for another lackluster play by Bridgeman, who finished with only four points on 2 of 9 shooting from the field.

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    Shortly after the game, coach Leo Austria disclosed Bridgeman, a replacement for McKines, has played his final game for the team as Watson has already arrived in the country and will play in the team's game against reigning champion Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.

    "We're confident enough with the all-Filipino lineup that we have that we can go out there and compete," said the veteran Fil-Am guard, a two-time Philippine Cup finals MVP.

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