Ratliffe rekindles KBL rivalry with Rhodes in PBA semis

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With the San Miguel-Star semifinals series already set, Hotshots super import Ricardo Ratliffe looks to extend his Korean Basketball League (KBL) rivalry with counterpart Charles Rhodes in the Philippine shores.

Leading Star in its sweep of defending champion Rain or Shine behind his 26-24 performance on Wednesday, the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe now sets his sights on a familiar foe in Rhodes, who has been a perfect complement to San Miguel Beer’s powerhouse lineup.

Both imports have been a regular fixture in South Korea’s professional league since 2012 but it will be the first time for the two high-scoring Americans to meet in the PBA in a five-game series.

“Yeah, I beat him,” said Ratliffe of Rhodes when asked about their KBL history. “Sometimes he beat me but I got a championship, he’s a good player though.”

But the Hampton, Virginia native knows San Miguel’s depth is the bigger problem that what Rhodes can offer.

“That should be a good match-up. We will see,” commented Ratliffe. “I’m ready for anybody.”

“They are really tall but I’ll just be ready for it,” he added. “They have June Mar, Charles Rhodes, and Chris Ross, a deep team in every position. I think we match-up well though so it should be fun.”

So fun and competitive that Ratliffe predicts their series will go the distance and will be just decided in the fourth overtime of Game 5.

“It will be five games, a tough grinding series. Two good teams matching-up so its gonna be 5. And there, (in Game 5), we’re gonna win by 1 in 4 overtimes,” he joked.

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