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Ross shakes off nasty cut, heaps pain on Ginebra with torrid shooting

Ross shakes off nasty cut, heaps pain on Ginebra with torrid shooting

NOT even a huge cut on the forehead could slow down Chris Ross in Game 3 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals.

It took blood and sweat as Ross played his finest game in the title series, combining with import Renaldo Balkman in a huge third quarter barrage to power San Miguel to another blowout win over Barangay Ginebra, 132-94, on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Fil-Am guard fired 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from three-point range, and not even an elbow from Balkman late in the second period that opened a huge cut just above his left eye, didn’t stop him from making the single biggest damage to Ginebra’s cause in the second half.

“Yeah, Balkman hit me. He has sharp elbows, man,” Ross joked about the incident during the post-game interview.

“I knew right away I had a gash. I look at it and I knew how bad it was with the way I felt,” added Ross, who also had seven rebounds and five assists. “I’m letting you guys know never to be hit by Balkman.”

But the cut only seemed to have fired him up all the more.

Despite blood flowing at times from the cut, Ross scored nine points in the third quarter on three straight baskets from three-point range as the Beermen began to pull away, 73-62.

The Kings never recovered after that as they trailed by as much as 132-92.

Ross, who had to pick up his U.S-based mom before proceeding to the hospital to have the cut stiched, said he didn’t expect another blowout win by the Beermen.

“I didn’t expect three blowouts in this fashion. I doubt if it ever happened in a finals before,” he said.

But he’ll definitely take it, especially with the defending champion suddenly taking control of the best-of-seven series, 2-1, after losing the opener, 127-99.

“A one-point win is the same as a 50-point win,” he said. “It’s confusing to me and I’m sure it’s confusing even to both coaches. All you can do is to go out and play and trust your coaches. And lucky for us, it’s been working for us.”