McCullough vows to end series in Game 6


Chris McCullough promised to conclude the championship round between San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa when the two teams collide in Game 6 of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals at 7 p.m. tonight at the Araneta Coliseum.

SMB is leading the series 3-2. McCullough and the Beermen are targeting their 27th overall title, which will be the highest won by any team in the league.

McCullough sank the pivotal basket in the Beermen’s 99-94 come-from-behind triumph on Wednesday.

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Chris McCullough of San Miguel Beer soars over Troy Rosario (No. 18) to score while Don Trollano (No. 6) and June Mar Fajardo (No. 15) look on during Game 5 of the best-of-seven finals of Season 44 PBA Commissioner’s Cup on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO

McCullough scored 35 points, 19 in the last period, on top of 22 rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Terrence Romeo posted 22 points while June Mar Fajardo finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds for San Miguel Beer.

“Definitely one more game and we’ll come ready to play, be mentally locked in, and get this win,” said McCullough, who stressed that there would be no Game 7 on Sunday. “Not let it go to a Game 7. I’m not worried with anything. I’m here to win a championship.”

But San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria is not celebrating yet.

“This is the first time they lost back to back and I’m sure they will bounce back hard in the next game or else their backs are against the wall. They will do everything to even the series. But in our case, we have a chance so we will not let this opportunity to slip away,” he said.

TNT coach Bong Ravena believes that it’s not over until it’s over.

“It’s not over yet so we’ll see in Game 6. They have the advantage but we’ll see. We need to adjust the rotation. We still have a chance,” said Ravena.

He added that they learned a bitter lesson from squandering a 16-point lead in the last quarter during Game 5.

“Hard lesson and we need to get back, we need to be mentally tough. We’ll try our best again.”

Best Import Terrence Jones led TNT with 35 points, 17 rebounds, eight assists and four blocks in Game 5.

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