PBA: Coach Caloy Garcia happy with Rain or Shine’s heart in loss to Ginebra
Santino Honasan on Jul 23, 2018 11:09 PM
“It speaks about our character. It’s hard to play Ginebra in a series but it’s also a good learning point of our team."
Had just one or two of Rain or Shine’s shots dropped in the final few moments of Monday’s 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals Game 4 against Ginebra, we could easily be getting ready for a do-or-die Game 5 on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the Elasto Painters, running it back with Ginebra won’t be in the cards, as they ultimately came up short, 96-94 in Game 4.
And while it was a painful end to what was a great conference for Rain or Shine, head coach Caloy Garcia sees nothing to be ashamed of in the conference-ending loss.
“It’s a good game for us. Ginebra deserves it. They were able to execute in the end and we missed open three point shots. And yun, LA hit a big three points to get back the lead.” Garcia told the media after the game. “The nice thing about this was our players played their hearts out today. They don’t want to lose but its’ part of the game and sometimes losing can you make better.”
After being down by as much as 14 points, the Elasto Painters came back in the second half end even led by two with less than three minutes to go in the game.
Again, had just one or two of those missed shots fallen, the Rain or Shine would still be in the running.
And for Garcia, keeping it close against a powerhouse team like Ginebra late is a testament to what the Elasto Painters can do.
“It speaks about our character. It’s hard to play Ginebra in a series but it’s also a good learning point of our team. It is always good to play against them because you get to learn a lot of things. Like I said, they got the best tactician right now in Coach Tim [Cone]. We gave them a battle and we were able to at least make our fans proud, and even the management happy.”
“We just have to learn how to get over that hump.” Garcia added.
Now, as with the six other teams that have fallen short in the playoffs, Garcia and the Elasto Painters set their sights on the upcoming Governor’s Cup, and Coach hopes that his team can sustain their spectacular play, the same play that led them to the top seed after the elimination round.
“Wag lang sila mawala sa kundisyon. We performed well. Nobody felt that our team was capable of ending the elimination as number one. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s more of a lesson to be learned. The nice thing in the dugout is we’re happy. We’re happy on how we performed. We just have to get better.” Garcia said.