MANILA, Philippines – Chris Ross pulled no punches on his opinion on Terrence Jones after the San Miguel guard was headbutted by the TNT import in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals on Friday, August 9.
Suffering two busted lips in their first two encounters, Ross was headbutted by Jones this time during a dead ball in the opening frame.
"He's mentally a baby. Mentally, he's a baby," Ross told reporters. (READ: Ross to continue mind games, says up to Jones to be 'mentally strong')
"I got two busted lips and now a lump from a dude that's mentally three, two years old."
Ross also contested the severity of the referees' calls following the incident as he incurred a technical foul while Jones escaped what could have been his second straight ejection with a flagrant foul penalty 1.
"I got a tech for no reason. I didn't turn and talk to him or anything. They gave me a tech for nothing. They said they thought I said something to him. You can't give a tech for you thinking something," he said.
"That was their explanation to me. I think that's BS. I was going straight and then he came and headbutted me. I thought that was more than an F1. They called what they called but he's mentally a baby."
As he remained on the court, Jones powered a 24-0 run the KaTropa used to erase an early 17-point Beermen lead on the way to 115-105 victory that gave them a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-seven series.
Jones finished with a near triple-double of 37 points off 5 three-pointers to go with 18 rebounds, 9 assists, and 5 blocks.
"I thought I've seen people ejected for a headbutt. I guess not today," Ross said.
Chris Ross gets headbutted by Terrence Jones in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals. Ross on Jones: "He's mentally a baby." #PBA2019 #PBAFinals | @dioquinodelfin pic.twitter.com/KKxiZXlguf — Rappler Sports (@RapplerSports) August 9, 2019
Ross and San Miguel will look to tie the series up in Game 4 at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, August 11. – Rappler.com
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.