KIA man-mountain PJ Ramos unperturbed after monster performance goes for naught
Puerto Rican PJ Ramos expects KIA to bounce back on Friday against Meralco. Jerome Ascano

IMPORT Peter John Ramos’ monster performance went for naught in his PBA debut, but the Puerto Rican giant remained confident KIA Motors can bounce back in a game against Meralco on Friday.

Ramos, who was measured at 7-2 3/4 at the PBA office, banged in 41 points and grabbed 20 rebounds but couldn't save KIA from absorbing an 89-100 loss to GlobalPort at the start of the Commissioner’s Cup on Tuesday.

Double or triple-teamed for much of the time during his 46-minute stint, Ramos still managed to use his size, strength and long wingspan to score almost at will against much shorter defenders.

“It (debut game) was good. I think it’s the first game and some other (KIA) players were nervous, but the next game, we’ll play better,” Ramos said in his baritone voice.

The 29-year-old Ramos said ball movement will be vital if the team wants to get the win.

“In the second half, the team played better. They (KIA players) moved and that made me move and I scored,” added the center from Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

Even though he also tasted the PBA’s brand of physical plays while being defended by GlobalPort’s Jewel Ponferada and Kelly Nabong, Ramos said he’s taking things in stride.

“I’m cool and I’m used to this (physical) basketball. I’m just happy and and I’ll go play hard,” he said.

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