BONG Ramos has no time to celebrate his first win on his return to the PBA.
Just minutes after Ramos led Barako Bull to an 83-79 win over Barangay Ginebra - his first win after three tries since taking over from Junel Baculi, Ramos' thoughts were already on the Energy Cola's next game against Rain or Shine on Friday.
“It’s not over yet,” said Ramos.
The trepidation in Ramos' voice was understandable. All the win ever did was tie Barako Bull with Air21 Express for the eighth and last quarterfinal spot at 4-9 (win-loss), and the Express have a relatively lighter assignment in also-ran Globalport on Wednesday.
With time running out, Ramos said it will be defense that will lead the Energy Cola to the quarterfinals.
“Ngayon palang, depensa na ang kailangan namin. I just reminded them na even if dalawa sa inyo half-hearted (ang laro) and three are playing a hundred percent, the boat will rock,” said Ramos.
Ramos is also counting on Globalport to give Barako Bull a leg up.
“I’m still not underestimating Globalport, the way I look at it,” said Ramos.