Ratliffe confident Star can beat Rhodes and the Beermen
Paul Lintag on Jun 07, 2017 09:22 PM
Ricardo Ratliffe and San Miguel import Charles Rhodes have a professional rivalry of sorts that traces its origins in the Korean Basketball League.
Imports Ricardo Ratliffe and Charles Rhodes will be taking their rivalry from the Korean Basketball League to the PBA.
The two towering reinforcements, both fixtures in the KBL, are set to meet in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals as Ratliffe's Star Hotshots takes on Rhodes' San Miguel Beermen in a best-of-5 series.
Star made the date official Wednesday by dethroning Rain or Shine in the best-of-3 quarterfinal matchup, winning the series via a 2-0 sweep.
San Miguel advanced just the day before.
Regularly playing each other in the KBL since the 2012 season, Ratliffe already knows what to expect from Rhodes and the Beermen.
"They are really tall but I'll just be ready for it. They have June Mar [Fajardo], Charles Rhodes, and Chris Ross, a deep team in every position," Ratliffe said after dropping 26 points and 24 rebounds to eliminate the Elasto Painters.
"I think we match-up well [against SMB} so it should be fun. I'm ready for anybody," he added.
And with Ratliffe having a far more successful basketball career in Korea than Rhodes --- he has three titles and Rhodes has none --- he's confident he can duplicate the feat in the PBA.
Asked for his personal prediction in their series against the Beermen, Ratliffe, who is currently undefeated in his second tour of duty in the Philippines, expects it to go the distance.
With Star winning of course.
"I'm pretty sure anybody in our locker room will say we're gonna win. But it will be five games, a tough grinding series," Ratliffe said.
"Two good teams matching up so it's gonna be five," he added.
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