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McCullough keeps eyes on the big prize, shrugs off Best Import Award loss
by Reynald Magallon, August 13, 2019 6:05pm
San Miguel import Chris McCullough didn't mind losing the Best import award to TNT's Terrence Jones saying that he had eyes set for the bigger prize, which is the championship.
"I don’t care about the Best Import. He was here before I was here, first of all, so it don’t matter to me. I’m just here to win a championship. That’s about it," said McCullough who came in as a replacement import for Charles Rhodes after the Beermen stuggled early in the conference with a 2-5 record.
Since his arrival, SMB had a nice winning run to clinch a spot in the playoffs although they still fell to the seventh place and in a twice-to-win disadvantage against NorthPort Batang Pier. However, the Beermen seemed to peak at the right time as they dispatched the Batang Pier in the Quarters and the Rain or Shine Elastopainters in the Semis to set up Finals dance with TNT.
McCullough was instrumental for the Beermen in Game four with a 20-20 line of 27 points and 22 boards. He also hit a huge stick back on a Chris Ross miss inside the final minute of the game to keep TNT at bay. He also found June Mar Fajardo free inside in the next play to finally put the fight out of the Katropa.
"Right now, it’s 0-0. We are tied, 2-2 so we have to go out there and play good basketball and get the win. As far as every game in the finals, it’s emotional, it’s tough basketball, and you got to go out there play basketball to get the win," said McCullough who also shared what transpired during the last play with Fajardo.
"I just seen him him wide open because Jones, he tried to double team and June Mar was wide open so I just made the pass," the former NBA player recounted.
Despite the win and the momentum seemingly on the Beermen side, McCullough insisted that they have yet solve the TNT puzzle although he lauded his team for the composure in the final four minutes of the with SMB fending off TNT's scare while having no timeout left.
"Not yet, We still got games left, a lot of basketball will be played, and we just got to go out there and finish games," said the high flying import
"When we get the lead, we’ve got to make good plays, take care of the ball, and just make good plays and hold our lead."
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