LA Revilla and import Peter John Ramos combined to make the biggest plays for KIA Motors down the stretch as the expansion franchise knocked down defending PBA Commissioner’s Cup champion Purefoods, 95-84, before a stunned Wednesday crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Revilla sparked the Carnivals’ closing 16-6 wind-up to complete the team’s second epic upset in the mid-season tournament.
KIA Motors of playing-coach Manny Pacquiao earlier also pulled off a surprising win over reigning Philippine Cup champion San Miguel.
The playmaker out of De La Salle finished the game with 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and issued six assists to earn Best Player of the game honors.
His last two feeds off the 7-foot-3 Ramos put the Carnivals on top for good, 84-80.
Revilla then sealed the outcome of the match by completing a three-point play off a foul by Marc Pingris.
Ramos had another solid game in KIA’s second win in six starts as he tallied a game-high 32 points, 26 rebounds, and three assists in 43 minutes of play.
Also playing an instrumental role in KIA’s second win in six starts is the 7-3 Ramos, who was a solid inside force after finishing with a game-high 32 points, 26 rebounds and three assists in 43 minutes of play.
“Pinakita ng mga players natin na naglaro yung (magandang) execution ng mga plays namin saka nag-connect yung mga shooting nila kaya nanalo,” said a beaming Pacquiao, who also scored his first official point in the league after splitting his free throws at the 11:24 mark of the second quarter.
Pacquiao played for KIA for the first time this conference and finished with a single point and an assist during his brief four and a half minutes of playing time in the first half.
Asked about his comment after beating multi-titled Purefoods coach Tim Cone, he said, “Ganun talaga, kasi di lahat ng laro puro talo na lang kami. The Lord is gracious.”
The Hotshots suffered their first back-to-back loss in the mid-season conference after beginning their campaign by winning their first four games.
Purefoods Star went on a 4-0 start, before seeing its streak end on Saturday when it lost to Rain or Shine in Dipolog City, 78-71.
Import Daniel Orton was held to just 19 minutes of action, including just six in the final half, before fouling out with under two minutes to go in the game.
Orton finished the game with just six points and three rebounds.
Mark Barroca had 18 points and eight rebounds, while Pingris added 10 points and 12 boards for the Hotshots, who missed the services of injured top gun James Yap.
KIA (95) -- Ramos 32, Revilla 18, Poligrates 15, Pascual 8, Avenido 8, Thiele 4, Yee 4, Cawaling 3, Buensuceso 2, Pacquiao 1, Dehesa 0, Alvarez 0, Bagatsing 0.
Purefoods (84) -- Barroca 18, Devance 12, Pennisi 12, Pingris 10, Melton 8, Simon 7, Maliksi 7, Orton 6, Taha 2, Mallari 2.
Quarterscores: 21-19; 44-50; 68-75; 95-84.