After catching long range fire, Chris Ross placed himself in the elite business to assist San Miguel advance on the brink of reaching the finals.
Ross drained a career-high 10 three-pointers as San Miguel defeated Rain or Shine, 117-105, for a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five semifinals series at the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Mostly known for his job on the less glamorous end of the ground, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year flaunted his greatly enhanced outdoor game to wound up with a career-high 34 points on top of 8 assists and 3 steals.
He became only the third player in the history of PBA to knock down at least 10 triples, joining teammate Marcio Lassiter, TNT guard Roger Pogoy, and icons Allan Caidic and Kenneth Duremdes.
His torrid shooting was highly timely as San Miguel trailed by as much as 29 before Ross, who missed his first four three-point efforts, discovered his downtown touch.
Ross buried 3 triples in a scintillating 21-0 run that trimmed their deficit to just 3 points at half-time, 49-52, and hit 7 trees in their dominant second half, demonstrating that San Miguel buried Rain or Shine as big as 23 points.
With San Miguel missing Lassiter’s facilities – sidelined owing to left knee injury – Ross had to step up in his absence.
While San Miguel won back-to-back matches against Rain or Shine despite being down by double numbers – erasing a 13-point deficit in his 111-105 Game 1 win – Ross advised they should prevent the trend.
San Miguel will go for the sweep when he meets Rain or Shine in Game 3 at the Araneta Coliseum on Wednesday, July 31.