Chris Ross cites reason behind air-balled free throw

In the limited instances when Chris Ross has taken free throws during this conference, his shots usually find the bottom of the net.

During the semifinal series against Barangay Ginebra, Ross had an uncommon occurrence on Wednesday. Not only did he miss two free throws, but one of them resulted in an airball.

Ross explained that he experienced discomfort in his right arm after being fouled by Maverick Ahanmisi with 11.1 seconds left in Game One. This happened right after he made a crucial defensive rebound for the Beermen.

“I got the rebound and I felt like a cramp, I don’t know if it’s a cramp or a strain in my tricep,” said Ross, who shot 10-of-13 from the 15-foot line prior to the semis opener.

At that moment, the Beermen were desperately clinging to a 91-90 lead. Ross’s first attempt at a free throw resulted in an airball, and he fell short on the second as well. Thankfully for San Miguel, June Mar Fajardo grabbed the offensive rebound and eventually made one free throw, for the final score.

Ross explained that he shot the ball with his full strength during that particular trip to the free throw line.

“(It) just wouldn’t go away. I thought I can just shake it off and that first shot, I shot it as hard as I could. It hit the net. I literally shot it as hard as I could,” said Ross.

Ross said that he intends to get that triceps muscle examined on Thursday prior to the second Game, where the Beermen will attempt to take a 2-0 advantage in the best-of-five series.

“Hopefully, it goes away,” said Ross. “I’m a warrior. I’ve played through all injuries. If it is not broken or fully torn, I’m going to play anyway.”

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