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    Ratliffe posts 44-19-7-4-1 stats line, but Star coach insists he has more to give

    Jun 14, 2017
    Ricardo Ratliffe has been close to unstoppable for Star in the playoffs. Jaime Campos

    AS outstanding as Ricardo Ratliffe has been for Star in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against San Miguel Beer, coach Chito Victolero believes the Hotshots import's best has yet to come.

    After hauling down 35 rebounds, the fourth most all-time in league history, on top of a game-high 25 points in 46 minutes in Game Two, Ratliffe registered 44 points, 19 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and one steal with less than one minute of rest in their Game Three 111-110 loss.

    “'Di pa 'yan. Meron pang ilalabas 'yan si Ratliffe,” Victolero beamed. “'Di pa yan ang best game niya.”

    [See Lassiter banks in game-winner as SMB steals Game 3 from Star]

    Ratliffe saved his best for last on Wednesday night as he scored 13 of the Hotshots’ last 16 points – all of them inside the last four minutes and seven seconds. The last two came on a turnaround hook over Charles Rhodes that put them up, 110-108, with 13 seconds left.

    The superb showing, however, went for naught once again as Marcio Lassiter saved the day for the Beermen with the left-wing three-pointer off a rebound in the next possession.

    Ratliffe, who had already left the building when reporters tried to reach him for an interview, will have to replicate his performance – as well as get plenty of help from his local teammates – for the Hotshots to stay alive in the series.

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