Beermen levels PBA semis series, 2-2, as Ross surges past Katropa

first_img[av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]MANILA – The San Miguel Beermen leaned on the career-game of Chris Ross to score a 97-86 victory over the TNT Katropa in Game 4 of their 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series on Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Ross led the way with a career-high 31 points, including five three-point conversions, for the Beermen, which bounced back from back-to-back losses to level the race-to-four series at 2-2.“Just try to fire my team. We are down 2-1 (entering the game). We just do not want to go down again,” said Ross. “I just want to rub my energy to my teammates. We want to win in (PBA championship) again.”June Mar Fajardo chipped in double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter had 12 points apiece for the Beermen, which is gunning for its third straight All-Filipino crown.Trailing, 19-18, at the end of the opening frame, the Beermen broke away in the second frame behind Ross and Gabby Espinas for a 34-27 lead. It later grew to 44-32 at halftime with conversions from Fajardo and Cabagnot.The Beermen started strong in the third frame on back-to-back triples by Ross to build its largest lead at 62-40 with baskets from Lassiter and Fajardo. Despite a mini-run by the Katropa, the Beermen maintained a 71-50 edge on five straight points by Ross.The Katropa made its own rally to open the fourth frame as baskets by Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy and Jeth Troy Rosario cut the deficit to 80-71. The Beermen quickly increased it to double figures behind Ross, Fajardo, Arwind Santos and Ryan Garcia.The Katropa made its last push on five straight points by Pogoy to come to within 93-84 but a baseline basket by Santos followed by a putback by Fajardo sealed the win for the Beermen.Larry Fonacier led the way with 15 points, on five three-point baskets, while Castro and Moala Tautuaa had 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Katropa, which won Games 2 and 3 of the series./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full] [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading tag=’h3′ padding=’10’ heading=’Beermen levels PBA semis series, 2-2, as Ross surges past Katropa’ color=” style=’blockquote modern-quote’ custom_font=” size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ custom_class=”]By ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=’custom’ color=’#0a0a0a’]Wednesday, february 15, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’×400.jpg’ attachment=’96666′ attachment_size=’portfolio’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=’yes’ font_size=’13’ appearance=’on-hover’ overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’]TNT Katropa forward Ranidel de Ocampo (33) attempts to steal the ball from San Miguel Beermen’s Chris Ross (center) during their 2016-2017 Oppo PBA Philippine Cup best-of-seven semifinals series on Tuesday. PBA[/av_image]last_img

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