Defiant KIA import PJ Ramos out to prove Carnival are no 'one-hit wonders'
KIA import PJ Ramos still got away with 34 points and 20 boards despite Barako Bull's constant double-, triple-teaming. Jerome Ascano

KIA Motors import PJ Ramos said the Carnival are no one-hit wonders.

The Puerto Rican giant lamented the spunk that was evident in KIA's 88-78 upset of Philippine Cup champion San Miguel Beer the last time out was lacking in an 86-95 loss to Barako Bull on Sunday.

“I didn’t see the same intensity from last game,” Ramos said in a short chat with Spin.ph after KIA's third loss in four games in the PBA Commissioner's Cup. “But it’s a young team, so everybody’s still learning and getting to know each other.

“But we’ll be there and get better,” he added.

The 29-year-old, 7-foot-2 slotman led the Carnival with a game-high 34 points and 20 boards, monster numbers in the face of the Energy’s physical triple-teaming defense.

But Ramos is not complaining, even signifying the next opponents to keep it coming.

“I’m cool. I like physicality. I’m used to that, so whatever comes, comes,” said the 7-foot-3 veteran, who, however, committed six turnovers and was rejected four times in almost 44 minutes.

Up next for KIA, though, is another tougher team in Barangay Ginebra.

“Nobody’s easy in this league, so we just got to prepare for them,” Ramos said.

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