ABL: PJ Ramos is a 7'3" two-way threat
Danine Cruz on Dec 24, 2018 11:24 AM
It must be nice to have PJ Ramos on your team
Defending ABL champion Alab Pilipinas' towering 7 foot 3 import PJ Ramos displayed another dominant offensive performance in their last outing versus the Singapore Slingers Sunday evening at the Caloocan Sports Complex.
Two days before Christmas, the Puerto Rican big man finished with 26 points, 17 rebounds and five assists. He also shot 50 percent from beyond the three-point arc.
With Ramos' height and built, he is definitely an intimidating presence on defense and he makes himself extra valuable because he is also a spectacular asset on offense. Aside from bullying his way for baskets inside the paint, Ramos' perimeter shooting is solid and effortless as he seemingly never jumps. In addition, his precise passing ability has triggered fast break opportunities for the team.
Head coach Jimmy Alapag has only good words for their foreign reinforcement, "His presence alone in the middle, when you see 7'3", whatever he lays, it's gonna make a difference both offensively and defensively, you just can't push him. Whatever spot he wants is pretty much his spot. He's done a great job in practice, I don't mind him shooting threes. He's making it."
As for Ramos, he expressed that given all that in his arsenal, he is already so comfortable with having a target on his back.
"I'm a veteran already. I know how to handle pressure and I'm used to it. I'm always been hunted all my life for my talent so I'm not worried about it. I just want to win games and win the championship," said the 33-year old former NBA player.
Ramos and the rest of Alab Pilipinas currently stand with an immaculate 4-0 record in the ninth season of the ABL.
"I think every victory for us is important for us right now. We're 4-0, but I think we still have a lot to improve. I think the last two to three minutes, we played terrible, but the most important thing is we won the game. A win is a win and we're happy for that," he said.
Alab will be taking a 13 day break for the holidays before they come back in the hardcourt in January 6 to face the Wolf Warriors. By then, an almost every other day game schedule follows.
"This break is gonna help us relax, take a break from basketball, and when we come back, we come back harder," said Ramos.
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