PBA: ‘Suki kami ng Columbian’ - Caloy Garcia after Rain or Shine loss
Santino Honasan on May 09, 2018 09:40 PM
“Suki kami ng Columbian. They played better than us." - Rain or Shine Head Coach Caloy Garcia on their 104-96 loss to Columbian Dyip
It would be safe to say that Columbian Dyip has Rain or Shine’s number.
Wednesday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena, the Elasto Painters once again fell victim to Columbian, 104-96, and in the process absorbed their first loss in four contests in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup tournament.
It was a similar scene from the start of previous Philippine Cup conference wherein the Columbian Dyip franchise, then known as Kia Picanto, snapped a 16-game losing streak at the expense of Rain or Shine.
“Suki kami ng Columbian. They played better than us. I’m just frustrated with our guards that we couldn’t exploit our strength which is on the inside.” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia after the eight-point loss. “That’s why I told the players na sayang, we have a big lineup, we have bigs that can play inside against Columbian.”
A stark contrast from their 0-4 slate before facing Rain or Shine in the early in the Philippine Cup, Columbian Dyip has gotten off to a better start in the Commissioner’s Cup, splitting their first four matches before dropping the Elasto Painters for a 3-2 slate.
Even before the conference began, Coach Caloy already noticed an improvement with Columbian.
“Actually, even when we had a tune-up game against Columbian, we already knew that they improved a lot. They have guards that can really score and can create for their shooters, and now they have an import who can score and that can be aggressive on the boards. I expect a lot from Columbian now.” Garcia said, talking about the likes of Rashawn McCarthy and Jerramy King, who finished with 23 and 13 points respectively, as well as import John Fields, who put up another monster game with 34 points, eleven rebounds, and five assists in his second game with Columbian.
“They’re not the same team like when they came in the league. Right now, you have to respect everybody. You cant go in the game thinking you’re going to win right away. You have to work for it.” Garcia added.
Looking on the brighter side of things, Garcia hopes they can also bounce back from their loss to Columbian the same way that they did before.
“That’s the only thing we can think right now. Last time we lost against Columbian, we beat strong teams pero at the end of the day, you can’t expect thats gonna happen again.”
Coach Caloy and the Elasto Painters will have their hands full in their next assignment when they take on San Miguel, with a newly-beefed up frontline featuring top pick Christian Standhardinger.
“Every win is important. Like I said, they deserved the win today and hopefully, we play better on Sunday against San Miguel.” Garcia said.