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MATCHUP ADJUSTMENTS KEY FOR ROS – RAMOS

03:32 PM February 21, 2014

With San Mig Super Coffee now up in the best-of-seven Finals, 2-1, over Rain or Shine courtesy of a 77-76 Game 3 win, the much talked about chess match between the two bench maestros in Tim Cone and Yeng Guiao now finds itself at the forefront of the pundits’ conversations.

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And Barako Bull coach Bong Ramos is the latest to chime in his thoughts on this championship duel.

“Kailangang mag-adjust sa matchups ang Rain or Shine. Although controlled nila at times yung game, pagdating ng rotations sa loob ng court, nakakakuha ng advantage ang San Mig,” he said.

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Ramos explained that he sees one reason why the Elasto Painters have lost the rebounding battle in all three of their Finals games.

“Outrebounded sila (Rain or Shine) kasi tatlong bigs yung pinapasok ni coach Tim sa laro, whether it be Pingris, Devance, Reavis, or Sangalang. Sinasamahan pa nina James Yap at PJ Simon, kaya nagkakaroon sila ng mismatch,” he said.

“Malapad yung malalaki ng Rain or Shine compared sa San Mig na matatangkad. Yung kay coach Yeng, pinapasok nya sa court, dalawang malaki lang. It’s either Belga, Quinahan, Jervy Cruz o Larry Rodriguez, tapos ang kasama sa loob sila Paul Lee, Jireh Ibanes at Jeff Chan. So dahil dalawa lang yung malaki nila, nagagamit ng San Mig yung advantage nila sa laki. Napupwersa yung isang maliit nila na bumantay ng malaki, kaya nakikita mo na minsan natatapat si Chan kay Devance.”

Guiao has already raised the rebounding issue after their Game 3 loss, as their past games resulted in this rebounding count: 50-47 in Game 1; 55-44 in Game 2; and 49-39 in Game 3.

“Ang big men ng Rain or Shine, perimeter and outside yung laro, not like sa San Mig na post and inside-outside, mga dampot-dampot lang tulad ng ginagawa ni Reavis,”

Ramos added. “Pag opensa ng Rain or Shine, mula umpisa hanggang huling tira switch ng switch ang San Mig. Di sila dun nakakakuha ng advantage sa bantayan kasi kahit yung maliliit ng San Mig tulad nila James at PJ, kaya tumapat sa malalaki nila.”

“Merong one play nung huling laro na sinubukang dumrive ni Paul Lee pero di nya naiwan si Reavis kaya wala syang choice kundi i-kick out kay Jeff Chan. Wala na syang magagawa. Tapos napwersa na si Jeff na itira kahit nakabantay sa kanya si Devance kasi paubos na yung oras.”

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But Ramos did not rule out the factors that can help Rain or Shine knot the series in the next game.

“Ang advantage nila sa matchup na malaki is si Gabe Norwood, kasi nakakamatch yun sa small forward ng San Mig. Kumbaga, malaking gwardiya. Pero ang problema dun, di mo naman pwedeng palaruin ng 48 minutes si Norwood. Pag nilabas na sya, maliit na naman ang papalit sa kanya. Kung ang ilalagay ay yung dalawang rookies nila, whether it be Jeric Teng o Alex Nuyles, maliit pa rin kung ima-match kay Devance.”

“Ngayon mararamdaman ng Rain or Shine yung kawalan ni (Ronnie) Matias, kasi mahaba yun at tres ang laro nya,” he said. “I’m not criticizing their moves nor glorifying Matias, pero kung andun pa si Matias, meron silang bigs na makakatapat dun sa tatlong malaki ng San Mig. Makaka-match sila sa mga switch. Ganun din kung andun pa si (Chito) Jaime, kasi ganun din ang laro nun. Naima-match sila sa malalaki ng San Mig.”

But despite the glaring disadvantage he just pointed out, Ramos also believes that the E-Painters still have what it takes to get back in this series.

“Posible pa naman kasi malakas din ang Rain or Shine. Maganda na yung na-build ni coach Yeng sa kanila. Yung chemistry, kasi andun na yung puso, yung pagiging fighter na kahit nalalamangan, lumalaban,” he said.

“Sa ngayon, may advantage ang San Mig,” Ramos added. “Ang Rain or Shine, lalaban yan, but San Mig owns a slight advantage.

“Pero kung aabot ng Game 7, its anybody’s ballgame. It will no longer be about x’s and o’s. Puso na yan.” (RL)

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