Eagerness to bounce back backfires on Rain or Shine
Paul Lintag on Jan 20, 2017 08:53 PM
Instead of solo second, Caloy Garcia's Rain or Shine Elasto Painters figure in a tie with at least two other teams in the standings.
Losing a heavyweight bout to San Miguel exactly a week ago, Rain or Shine was obviously pumped to bounce back.
The Elasto Painters looked like they had the perfect opportunity to do so as they were matched up with Meralco, a team coming in with six straight defeats Friday.
However, their eagerness backfired as the Bolts scored an 82-72 upset, dropping ROS to a 5-4 record in the Philippine Cup. Now, instead of solo second, the Elasto Painters figure in a tie with at least two teams in the standings.
"Medyo nag-lack kami sa pag-follow sa sistema ni coach Caloy. Medyo gigil din kami sa talo namin sa San Miguel. Sobrang gusto namin mag-bounce back, bumaligtad," Jerico Cruz said who was one of ROS' key pieces that struggled all game.
"Like I said after our loss to San Miguel, ang worry ko is who we will come out. And we came out flat. Give credit to Meralco. They played a great game and they play different when they’re complete. We just have to correct the wrong things we had tonight," head coacj Caloy Garcia added.
While they still have a fighting chance to make the top 2, Rain or Shine is more worried on actually staying in the playoff picture more than trying to get a twice-to-beat bonus in the quarterfinals.
With teams piling up in the middle of the standings separated by only one game or so, winning out might be the only option right now for the Elasto Painters to avoid a sudden collapse.
"Ang crucial dito, hindi pa kami sure sa quarterfinals. Kapag natalo kami nang dalawang straight, baka malaglag pa," James Yap, the only ROS player to actually play decent to finish with 17 points, said.
"As much as possible, we want to be in the Top 6. Yung Top 2, saka na ‘yan. If we have a chance, why not? Pero ngayon we’re just looking forward on winning another game first," Garcia added.
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