PBA 44 review: Window closed for ROS?

Paul Lintag on Feb 05, 2020 04:16 PM
PBA 44 review: Window closed for ROS?
ROS still has a good mix of champion veterans and talented younger players. With that, the Elasto Painters will remain good in 2020.

You thought the PBA's 43rd season was a long one? 

Yeah, the PBA's 44th season had it beat.

The 2019 PBA season started at the Philippine Arena on January 13, 2019. It officially ended January 17, 2020 when Barangay Ginebra won the Governors' Cup Finals.

Ironically, the Gin Kings won the first and last games of the 2019 season.

Anyway, the point is the PBA's 44th season was a marathon. And before a new one starts, it's time to take a look at how all 12 teams fared in the past year.

Today, we look at the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

 


WINDOW CLOSING?

Rain or Shine is still a tough out in the PBA and in the past season, the Elasto Painters were true title contenders.

However, for ROS' current core, especially the one led by its veteran winners, is the window for a championship still actually open?

ROS started hot for the season, taking the no. 2 seed in the Philippine Cup.

The Elasto Painters were up 2-0 and 3-2 in the semifinals against Magnolia, but somehow fell apart in overtime of Game 7.

It was a tough loss but ROS was moving on.

In the Commissioner's Cup, the Elasto Painters once again found themselves in the semis despite being a no. 6 seed.

ROS led in all four games of the semis against San Miguel Beer, including a 29-point cushion in Game 2. The Elasto Painters lost that game to go down 0-2 and were eliminated by Game 4.

The Elasto Painters flamed out in the Governors' Cup, missing the playoffs just like they did the year prior.

ROS won the title in the 2016 Commissioner's Cup. They haven't made the Finals since. Is the window closed?

 


Rain or Shine ELASTO PAINTERS in the PBA's 44th season


Philippine Cup: 8-3 (2nd place, lost in Semifinals)

Commissioner's Cup: 5-6 (6th place, lost in Semifinals)

Governors' Cup: 4-7 (9th place)


Overall: 17 wins and 16 losses. Two playoff appearances, two semifinals appearances.

 


OUTLOOK:

ROS still has a good mix of champion veterans and talented younger players. With that, the Elasto Painters will remain good in 2020.

Whether or not they can be great and make the Finals again is the question.

The answer to that question will likely come from the development of guys like Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon. They are ROS' present and they will help carry the team to the future.

 

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