TNT import Terrence Jones was ejected in Game 2 of the best-of-seven Finals series after picking up 2 technical fouls in the 2nd half of the match.
The first incident happened during the 3-minute mark of the 3rd quarter after the 27-year old former NBA player figured in a shoving match with SMB big man Christian Standhardinger. The second came in the closing seconds of the first overtime during a loose ball battle with Chris Ross.
The KaTropa were well on their way to picking up another win for a 2-0 advantage but 4 successive free throw misses coupled by a major defensive lapse paved the way for the Beermen to storm back in the game and eventually equalize the series at 1-1.
Ross admitted shortly after the match that he and Jones have been engaged in mind games.
“When the stakes are this high, you gotta bring out all the stops that you got. I did it in the playoffs with [Robert] Bolick and talked to him after. Same with [Rey] Nambatac and [Javee] Mocon in the semifinals. And I’ve done it with this group before too. They know me. This league knows what I do – I’m doing anything I can to help my team win.”
“So, I mean, he’s a great player. You gotta play some mind games. I’m gonna play mind games out there, and if he’s not mentally strong enough for it, then that’s his fault.”
For his part, Jones said he wasn’t affected at all by whatever Ross and his teammates are doing and added that he remains completely focused on leading his team all the way to the promised land.
“I don’t know what that is. One of their players kept talking about my Instagram. I was like, ‘Okay, you follow me on Instagram. That’s cool bro.’ That was funny. I don’t really care about that.”
“The only mind game they can play with me is when they get to four games before I do. I don’t think I’m going to let that happen.”