STAR import Ricardo Ratliffe is ready to go to battle against mighty San Miguel Beer even if it means going the distance in their coming PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals showdown.
Ratliffe warmed up for the best-of-five series by posting huge numbers of 26 points and 24 rebounds as the Hotshots completed a sweep of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 84-69, on Wednesday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Now Charles Rhodes and the second-seeded Beermen are up next for the Hotshots in a match-up which Ratliffe said is going to be fun.
In his first stint with the Hotshots last season, Ratliffe came a win short of helping the franchise reach the semis after losing to the Beermen in their do-or-die encounter in the quarterfinals.
The Final Scoreboard Result,
STAR 84 – Ratliffe 26, Lee 13, Barroca 12, Simon 9, Sangalang 8, Jalalon 8, Reavis 4, Ramos 2, Maliksi 2, Melton 0.
RAIN OR SHINE 69 – Crews 12, Chan 9, Tiu 9, Belga 7, Washington 7, Norwood 6, Ahanmisi 6, Cruz 4, Ponferada 4, Yap 3, Almazan 2.
Quarterscores: 16-19, 33-37, 55-52, 84-69.