ABL: PJ Ramos downplays his domination of 7'5” Sam Deguara

Philip Matel on Jan 12, 2019 04:19 PM
ABL: PJ Ramos downplays his domination of 7'5” Sam Deguara
The 7'3” Ramos was mainly responsible for Alab's spirited 87-75 win, bouncing back after a devastating loss in Malaysia the previous game.

SANTA ROSA, LAGUNA -- Alab Pilipinas center PJ Ramos downplayed his matchup with towering center Sam Deguara as he and Alab Pilipinas got the better of the Hong Kong Eastern Lions Friday evening here.

The 7'3” Ramos was mainly responsible for Alab's spirited 87-75 win, bouncing back after a devastating loss in Malaysia the previous game.

He and 7'5” Deguara battled in the post and even stretched out to the perimeter as Ramos shot from beyond three-point distance 11 times but only made three of them.

Ramos even coaxed Deguara to foul him several times in the first five minutes of the game, as the Maltan slotman racked up three quick personals.

"I'm not worried with who I play. I play whoever, I play. You know what I'm saying? So everybody knows what I do, what I've done over the years. Doesn't matter who you are, who you're playing. I just go out and do my job," the Puerto Rican giant said after the game.

In the end, Ramos was the victor in the matchup of the two biggest players in this side of the world, tallying 31 points, 12 rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes of action. Deguara finished with 14 markers and nine boards in 22 minutes.

Ramos brought out the full repertoire and also took over the last minutes of the game, capping off his big night with a spin move and a thunderous dunk that brought the house down.

Teammate and compatriot Renaldo Balkman, who was last year's Defensive Player of the Year took care of Deguara in last year's Finals series, but there was almost a foot in height difference, but now it seems that Alab won't be having that problem again.

"I've played with players like that before. So I'm not worried about it. I'm a veteran, I've been playing for over 18 years now. I'm used to everything," shared Ramos.

"They've been talking about it. That's why they brought me here this year. They didn't have a big man last year, so I just try to help the team."

 

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