Ricardo Ratliffe gets Pingris vote, but Star coach Webb not ready to commit on import's return
Workhorse Ricardo Ratliffe has impressed since taking over the Star import's job from Denzel Bowles. Jaime Campos

STAR can take consolation that it can bring back Ricardo Ratliffe for the PBA Governors’ Cup.

The eighth-seeded Hotshots saw their Commissioner’s Cup campaign come to an end on Wednesday night after falling short against San Miguel Beer, 103-99, in their do-or-die quarterfinal matchup.

But the early exit has made them the fourth team under the league's handicapping system that can tap an import as tall as 6-foot-9 for the season-ending conference that unfolds on July 15.

Ratliffe was officially measured at 6-8.

Hotshots coach Jason Webb, though, declined to commit to the hardworking import just yet.

“We don’t know yet,” the rookie coach said. “First, we’ll assess the second (conference) before we look to the third. We’ll just assess that then we’ll plan for the future.”

“Right now, I just want to make sure that I’m with our guys and we go through this process as a team,” he added.

But Hotshots local workhorse Marc Pingris said he won't think twice about retaining Ratliffe, who had 33 points and 29 boards in Game One before tallying 24 and 16 in the rubber match against the Beermen.

Ratliffe, though, went scoreless in the fourth quarter.

“Nasa kanya yung kung gusto niya bumalik, pero talagang gusto namin siya, sobrang masipag,” Pingris said. “Nakita niyo naman kung paano magtrabaho, so ako, okay ako sa kanya.”

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