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    Kramer says he's up to the task as he tries to fill void left by injured Fajardo

    Dec 25, 2013

    BACK-UP center Douglas Kramer knows he’ll be up against what he described as “NBA-type” frontline in Petron’s much-awaited Christmas Day game against Barangay Ginebra.

    Then again, Kramer said he’s got some aces up his sleeves when he tries to defend Ginebra’s towering rookie Greg Slaughter.

    The 6-foot-4 wide-bodied big man will be starting in place of injured sophomore June Mar Fajardo, who is out for at least a week after suffering a sprained right MCL during the Boosters’ practice on Monday.

    The 30-year-old veteran said he’s the least bit worried about going up against Slaughter and frontline partner Japeth Aguilar, who are fellow Ateneo alumni of Kramer, nor is he afraid of banging bodies with Ginebra’s so-called “Twin Towers.”

    “I think they (Kings) got the height over us but I think we can compete will for will, pride for pride. We can match up strength-wise over them,” Kramer shared to shortly after the team’s early Tuesday morning practice at the Reyes gym.

    “We just have to battle early and position against them, not let the guys too comfortable. It’s a five-on-five game,” he added.

    Kramer said the 6-foot-11 Slaughter is no doubt bigger and heavier than him, but he’s prepared to face the former Smart Gilas member in their battle inside.

    “I see some spots where I could probably push him (Slaughter) but if he seals me early, it’s game over,” he admitted.

    “I  have to do my work before he gets the ball because if I allow myself to be pushed in the ring, wala na,” explained Kramer, who averages 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 19 minutes while playing as Fajardo’s super-sub this season.

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    Kramer will be getting the help he needs with sophomore center Yousef Taha now reactivated after missing several games due to an MCL sprain on his knee.

    Taha, the 6-foot-7 center who briefly played for a conference with Ginebra last season, is an energy guy who can provide hustle and rebounds for the Boosters.

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