PBA: ROS reunion in Asian Games is official
Paul Lintag on Jul 26, 2018 04:29 PM
The Elasto Painters, the no. 1 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, will take over from TNT to compete in the quadrennial event to be held in Indonesia starting next month. Handling the team will be its former coach Yeng Guiao, completing the mini ROS reunion for the Asiad.
Now it's officially official, Rain or Shine will represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games.
The Elasto Painters, the no. 1 seed in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, will take over from TNT to compete in the quadrennial event to be held in Indonesia starting next month.
Handling the team will be its former coach Yeng Guiao, completing the mini ROS reunion for the Asiad.
The PBA made the final announcement Thursday following a Board meeting at the PBA office in Libis.
"I'd like to thank Rain or Shine officially for really stepping up to the plate in their commitment to help our Gilas program in the Asian Games," Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) President Al Panlilio said.
"The [PBA] Board has decided to stick to the original decision of having one team be affected by the Asian Games. It's hard for Commissioner Willie to change the schedule," he added.
While the team and the coach has been finalized, the actual lineup is yet to be actually revealed.
The Philippines is already late in submitting lineups so the SBP is naturally in a rush to come up with an eligible pool for the Asiad.
Currently, the pool is made up of Rain or Shine's core or around 7-8 players. Three Gilas cadets are also in consideration plus a handful of NLEX players. Jordan Clarkson is also in the list if the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers grant his release.
"Coach Yeng has accepted, after a lot of discussion with the owners and coach Caloy, he accepted to lead the ROS team with coach Caloy as part of his staff," Panlilio said.
"It will be the core of the ROS team. There are discussion of some names to be submitted. We're thinking of three cadets, Ricci Rivero, Kobe Paras, and Abu Tratter, as part of the list. We're asking coach Yeng to basically formalize the line up. We're way past deadline. Hinahabol namin yun, we're burning the [midnight oil] in SBP to submit the lineup. We're giving as many names as we can so coach Yeng has as many names to work with, not affecting the other PBA teams," he added.
For its part, the Rain or Shine is all in for the Asian Games.
The Elasto Painters are proud to represent the country and they are set to make the most out of this given opportunity.
"When I was informed by the Commissioner that SBP has signified their interest of ROS being the representative to the Asian Games, we were very happy," ROS governors Atty. Mert Mondragon said.
"The head coach should be Yeng Guiao, and the assistant coach should be Caloy Garcia. We're very happy and proud," he added.
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