OTHER than being the big guy in the team, import Peter John Ramos is also proving to be a big voice in a young KIA Motors franchise.
The 7-foot-2 Puerto Rican fouled out in the Carnival’s PBA Commissioner’s Cup game against San Miguel, but remained a steady presence on the bench by helping motivate the team in its king-size 88-78 upset of the Beermen on Wednesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Ramos fouled out with still five minutes to go in the match after finishing with only 22 points and eight rebounds.
But he constantly pushed the Carnival even if he’s no longer on the court, resulting in what has so far been the biggest upset in the two-week old tournament.
“We just wanna win games. I’m a veteran and I’m gonna talk to them the whole game. I just want to be better and win a couple more games,” Ramos told sportswriters following the team’s breakthrough win after absorbing back-to-back losses to Globalport and Meralco to start the mid-season tournament.
The former member of the Puerto Rico national team stressed the hard-earned win over the newly-crowned Philippine Cup champions was a product of hard work and collective effort from both the young and experienced players.
“We worked hard in practice. Everybody in the team is good. We’ve got young players, but the veterans are helping us so we just try to be better,” he added.
The win according to him should be a fitting welcome to playing coach Manny Pacquiao, who is expected to call the shots for the team on Sunday when KIA plays the unbeaten Barako Bull.
“I spoke to him (Pacquiao). I hope he gets back Saturday. But me and Manny, we have a good relationship, he said.
“He’s a big fan of mine. I’m a big fan of his. We’re in the same page. We want to win.”