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    Mahindra coach's unwavering faith helps Aldrech Ramos rediscover shooting touch

    Mar 21, 2016
    Aldrech Ramos' timely baskets helped Mahindra end a three-game slide. Jerome Ascano 

    ALDRECH Ramos benefited from the law of averages on Monday when he regained his shooting touch for Mahindra in its 102-94 victory over Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.

    After averaging just six points on 26.7-percent shooting in his last two games, the combo forward caught fire with 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting to lead the Enforcers to the upset win.

    “Yung past games ko masama, so sinabi lang ni coach (Chito Victolero) na laruin ko lang 'yung game ko at wag masyado mag-isip,” Ramos said. “Buti naman nakuha ko yung game ko nung second half.”

    [See Mahindra shocks Alaska behind Ramos' 25-point second-half explosion]

    It seemed his woes continued as the 6-foot-5 cager missed his first three shots in eight minutes of action in the first half.

    But the former Gilas Pilipinas pool member, who turns 28 on April 3, rediscovered his touch just in time as he scattered his entire output after the intermission, including 16 points in the payoff period.

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    The departure of Kyle Pascual in a trade to Blackwater for Jason Ballesteros has seemed to give Ramos more minutes at either forward spots, but the latter played it down.

    “Si coach naman marunong mag-mix ng minuto ng players eh,” Ramos said. “Siguro na-tiyempuhan lang na gumanda yung second half ko kaya nag-stay ako ng mas matagal.”

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    As a result, the Enforcers snapped a three-game skid and entered the Holy Week break on a positive note.

    “Importante sa amin yung game na ‘to kasi long break na tapos three games na kaming struggling,” Ramos said. “Malaking tulong ‘to sa bid namin makapsok ng playoffs.”

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