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Chris Ross rues San Miguel ‘stopped playing’ in Game 6 collapse vs Meralco

Delfin Dioquino
Chris Ross rues San Miguel ‘stopped playing’ in Game 6 collapse vs Meralco

MELTDOWN. Chris Ross and San Miguel miss their chance to dispose of Meralco in six semifinals games.

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San Miguel wastes a 10-point lead in the dying minutes and allows Meralco to extend their PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series to a do-or-die Game 7

MANILA, Philippines – The San Miguel Beermen should have already punched their ticket to the PBA Philippine Cup finals.

But San Miguel wasted a 10-point lead in the dying minutes and allowed Meralco to extend their best-of-seven semifinals to a rubber match with a come-from-behind 96-92 win on Sunday, August 15.

Sitting on a 90-80 cushion with less than 4:30 minutes left, the Beermen fizzled out the rest of the way as the Bolts ended the game on a sizzling 16-2 run to stay alive.

“We just stopped playing, I think. We were up 10 and we did not get any stops, we did not score any baskets. We just relaxed. It bit us in the end,” said team veteran Chris Ross.

“That should be a win. We learn from it, we bounce back.”

When Meralco went up 93-90 with 30 ticks remaining, San Miguel earned a shot at knotting the score as CJ Perez got fouled on a three-pointer following the Bolts’ botched inbounds play.

But Perez made just 2 of his 3 free throws and Aaron Black sank 3 of his 4 foul shots inside the final five seconds to keep the Beermen at bay.

Ross, though, absolved Perez of the blame, saying “not one person loses the game.”

“CJ has been great for us all conference and he has been great for us all series. One game does not define him, one possession does not define him,” Ross said.

“I know he is going to bounce back.”

Perez leads the squad in scoring this conference with 18.7 points on top of 6.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 2.5 blocks.

“We’re all in this together. When we win, we win as a team. When we lose, we lose as a team,” Ross said.

After its collapse, San Miguel seeks to get the job done as it faces Meralco in the do-or-die Game 7 on Wednesday, August 17, at the Araneta Coliseum. – Rappler.com

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Delfin Dioquino

Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.