Caloy Garcia confident Rain or Shine can still turn conference around
MANILA, Philippines—If the playoffs started today, Rain or Shine would very well be contention for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs.
But the Elasto Painters have lost two straight games and their 102-81 loss to TNT Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum sent them to a precarious placing at the eighth seed with a 3-5 card.
Ninth seed Meralco is just half-a-game behind with a 3-6 record while no.10 team San Miguel, winner of the last five Philippine Cups, sits with a 2-5 slate.
Despite this uncertainty, Painters head coach Caloy Garcia told his team to just keep a positive mindset.
“I just told them to not give up, everything’s always going to be a learning process,” said Garcia. “It’s not the end of the road, the way things are going right now, we had to have tour players play consistently on both offense and defense.”
“We’re a good team, we went all the way to Game 7 against Magnolia last conference and almost made it to the finals.”
Part of Garcia’s concern was the lack of production from his locals while import Denzel Bowles was left to do much of the heavy lifting.
Bowles was solid with 28 points, on 11-of-18 shooting, with eight rebounds, two steals, and two blocks with rookie Javee Mocon the only Filipino to have a respectable offensive game.
Mocon had 19 points, 6-of-14 from the field, 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals, but his teammates didn’t fare any better.
With the exception of Mocon, Rain or Shine’s locals converted just 12 of their 54 attempts from the field.
“It’s kind of frustrating seeing your import do his best but the locals are not really playing consistently,” said Garcia. “You seem the play good one game, and off the next. It’s about playing consistent.”
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