As PBA title looms, Chris McCullough raring to get the job done for Beermen | Inquirer Sports

As PBA title looms, Chris McCullough raring to get the job done for Beermen

/ 01:09 AM August 15, 2019

MANILA, Philippines– San Miguel’s defense was at its unflinching best while Chris McCullough took care of the rest as the Beermen secured a 99-94 victory and a pivotal 3-2 lead over TNT in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday night.

McCullough, who replaced tested reinforcement Charles Rhodes, scattered 19 points in that blistering Beermen comeback including the go-ahead floater with 28 ticks left.


San Miguel’s sweet-shooting import, though, said he was pretty much unconscious as he pretty much single-handedly erased a 16-point deficit.


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“I don’t remember to be honest, but coach (Leo Austria) drew a play and I got a bucket. You do those things in practice,” McCullough told reporters after his monster outing adorned with 35 points and 22 rebounds.

But if not for his late-game exploits, McCullough had what he thought was a bad night, barely holding it together against counterpart and fellow NBA talent Terrence Jones.

“First half, I missed a lot of shots. A lot of easy shots. A lot of bad calls, I didn’t get the same calls (Terrence) gets but it is what it is,” he said.

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“We can’t really stop him,” he added of Jones, who compiled 35 points, 17 boards, and eight assists. “All we got to do is to contain him … He’s good, obviously.”


And that was exactly what the decorated San Miguel did to pull out a win.

“We need to get stops at a time and that’s what we did,” he said of the Beermen’s stinging fourth quarter defense that held Jones to just three points.

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Asked if the series has zapped out the fight out of Jones, who serves as the most integral cog in the KaTropa scoring machine, McCullough said: “I hope not.”

“But I’m not worried about anything. Not worried about him. I’ll just try and go win championships,” he said. “We’re going to win this s—t.”

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