KIA Motors’ giant import Peter John Ramos is hardly fazed by the physical brand of play in the PBA.
“It (physicality) doesn’t bother me. I’m a physical player and I love it when we play hard. I’m not worried about it,” said the 29-year-old Puerto Rican center.
On Thursday, the 7-foot-4 import got first-hand experience of how the game is being played in the pro league when a fistfight nearly marred the Sorento's tune-up game against Barako Bull at the Green Meadows gym.
Wayward elbows, shoving, and trash-talking eventually prompted game officials to stop the highly-physical match where Kia led, 74-59 with 21.7 seconds left in the third quarter.
The wide-bodied Ramos, who weighs close to 300 pounds, found himself engaging Barako Bull coach Koy Banal in a heated exchange of words during the second half.
Ramos also tried to come to teammate Joshua Webb’s rescue after Barako Bull veteran big man Dorian Pena charged out of the bench and confronted the KIA sophomore guard in a separate incident.
The KIA import though, was restrained by five players to avert a full-blown fight.
Ramos later said he’s just trying to protect his teammates, whom he considers as brothers, against the Energy who he said were "playing dirty."
“We help each other, we’re brothers, we take care of each other in the games, and we’re definitely on the same page to try to make the playoffs,” Ramos told Spin.ph shortly after cooling off at the KIA bench.
Although the incident was an unfortunate one, the native of Fajardo, Puerto Rico said the Sorento won’t just allow the Energy to hurt them.
“It was just a physical game. We’re playing clean, they’re (Energy) playing dirty. We’re not just gonna let them just start hitting us,” he said.
“We’re humans. We can feel, too. So if they gotta play us dirty, we’ll get mad eventually.”
KIA won its first tune-up game Tuesday, a 101-96 decision over an import-less Barangay Ginebra.
Ramos torched the Kings for 40 big points.