Dangerous KIA Motors, PJ Ramos stand in the way of Rain or Shine as it seeks outright top spot in playoffs
“Kia is a different team now than it was the last conference," said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao of the Carnival heading to Rain or Shine's game against the expansion franchise Sunday. Jaime Campos

RAIN or Shine seizes the opportunity of snaring one of the top two spots in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs when it goes for a win against dangerous KIA Motors on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Elasto Painters are current in joint second spot with Talk ‘N Text but can clinch the top spot by beating the Carnival in their 3 p.m. match up.

Rain or Shine currently totes a 7-3 record and a win could forge them to a tie with defending champion and solo leader Purefoods, and possibly Talk ‘N Text at 8-3. 

In such scenario, the Elasto Painters will snare the top seed in the playoffs due to their superior quotient over the two teams.

But coach Yeng Guiao isn’t about to think ahead as he’s more concerned about the Carnival, especially against their giant import Peter John Ramos.

“We will have matchup problems with their import,” he admitted.

“Nobody is as big and as strong as Ramos, but we’ll try to devise something because he’s (Ramos) the primary problem. Even our import is not big enough.”

The 7-foot-3 Ramos is averaging monster numbers of 35.0 points and 21.2 rebounds this conference. He had 41 points and 23 rebounds on Wednesday in a 102-86 loss to NLEX following a poor second half effort from the Puerto Rican native.

Guiao noted KIA’s 4-6 record belies its potential, calling the Carnival ‘giant killers.’

“Kia is a different team now than it was the last conference. They are giant killers and I think they still have a chance of making it to the next round so it’s going to be like playing any of top teams in this league,” he added.

KIA lead assistant coach Chito Victolero said the Carnival will have to give everything they’ve got in order to earn a shot at making the top eight and a berth in the playoffs for the very first time.

“We need to work hard against Rain or Shine. That’s our last chance so we have to stay positive,” said Victolero, who regularly communicates with playing coach Manny Pacquiao via overseas call.

The boxing champion is currently deep in training in the United States as he prepares for his megabuck fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 2.

KIA is currently tied at eighth to 10th spots with Globalport and Barako Bull.

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