PBA: Manila Clasico survivor not quite on ROS’ mind yet

Paul Lintag on Apr 07, 2019 08:32 PM
PBA: Manila Clasico survivor not quite on ROS’ mind yet
“We still don’t know who we’re going to play. We know Ginebra and Magnolia are different teams. You have a big team and you have a quick team so as of right now, we just want to enjoy the moment first that we made it back to the semis,” — ROS coach Caloy Garcia.

Rain or Shine is over with the Pancit Wars, the no. 2 Elasto Painters have moved on.

ROS needed only one game to eliminate Northport in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup playoffs, scoring a decisive win Sunday to reach the semifinals.

Now, they wait for the winner of Manila Clasico in the next round but their opponents for the upcoming best-of-seven series is not quite the team’s focus yet.

It’s a fool’s errand considering it’s Manila Clasico. Despite the fact that Brgy. Ginebra leads the short best-of-three series, 1-0, anything can still happen.

“Actually, right now we’re not even thinking about it,” head coach Caloy Garcia said of the semifinals.

“We still don’t know who we’re going to play. We know Ginebra and Magnolia are different teams. You have a big team and you have a quick team so as of right now, we just want to enjoy the moment first that we made it back to the semis,” he added.

After needing only one game to advance, Rain or Shine gets an additional day of rest before the semifinals.

During that time, the Elasto Painters will review what went wrong and what went right against the Batang Pier.

They move on from there as they prepare for the Manila Clasico survivor.

“Before the [Northport] game started, I told the players the only thing I’m worried about is the first quarter because we haven’t played for at least three weeks,” Garcia said as Rain or Shine wrapped up its elimination round schedule in the middle of March.

True enough, the Elasto Painters struggled in the opening period against the Batang Pier, scoring only 14 points. They turned things around immediately, dropping 29 in the second to take control.

“We’ll thik of how we played against Northport and on how we can still improve [for the semis],” he added.

 

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