Chris Ross shot the lights out in Game 2 of San Miguel’s best-of-five semifinal series with Rain or Shine and finished with a franchise record-equalizing 10 triples on his way to a new career-high 34 points as the Beermen recovered from a slow start and man-handled the Elasto Painters, 117-105, to move within a win away from a return trip to the Finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
The Beermen are poised to reclaim the crown they surrendered last season to the Justin Brownlee-powered Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel which is currently trailing 0-2 in its own series with the top-seeded TNT KaTropa.
Ross’ timely explosion came after chief gunner Marcio Lassiter was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs due to an MCL sprain which he suffered during the quarterfinals.
San Miguel head coach Leo Austria could only scratch his head in disbelief after the veteran guard’s career game.
“I cannot believe, especially Chris Ross, on his shooting. I think ano eh, yung spirit ni Marcio Lassiter napapunta sa kanya ngayon, siya naging shooter namin,” said the 1985 PBA Rookie of the Year.
Lassiter was previously the SMB franchise’s sole record holder with 10 triples in a game which he set during Game 2 of the 2015 Governor’s Cup semifinals, also against the Elasto Painters. The Beermen, however, lost that match 110-113 but went on to win the series, 3-1, and eventually the title via 4-0 sweep of the Alaska Aces in the Finals.
Ross became just the fifth member of an elite group of shooters with at least 10 three-pointers in a game. Aside from Lassiter, the list includes Allan Caidic, Kenneth Duremdes and Roger Pogoy.