The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (7-3) are looking to gain a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the quarterfinals by defeating their last assignment, the Kia Carnival (4-6). Kia, on the other hand, are looking to add ROS to their #ChampionSlayers record (all four of their wins are against recent PBA champions).
The two teams have eerily similar stats:
Rain or Shine has clear edge on defense – just look at the difference in defensive rating, steal rate, and block rate. With 7’4″ PJ Ramos at the helm for Kia, yes, the Painters will need to focus on their team defense to get a W.
ROS should force Ramos to settle for jumpers as he doesn’t fare well from beyond 15 feet. That’s too much to ask given the size disadvantage, but Wayne Chism and the Extra Rice Inc. could take turns in trying, with help from Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan. Rain or Shine will most probably double or triple team Ramos as much as they can, but they should not let the other Carnival get away in the process.
Ramos averages 35 points in this tournament – 39 in their losses, and 28 in their wins. Significant contributions from local players (three or more finishing in double digits) are common in those victories, with LA Revilla being the most consistent, scoring 11 points on average in their wins.
Will Kia complete another upset? Hopefully not.
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