RAIN or Shine interim coach Caloy Garcia admitted the team’s lack of composure led to a 96-103 loss to Air21 in the PBA Governors Cup on Tuesday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Basically we lost the game because we didn’t start the game with composure. We turned the ball too much in the beginning and we didn’t play defense,” rued Garcia, who called the shots for Rain or Shine in the absence of coachYeng Guiao.
The Express jumped the gun on the slower and injury-plagued Elasto Painters, converting 12 three-point shots while letting import Dominique Sutton and Asi Taulava to dominate the paint.
Garcia said the team’s statistics revealed the lack of effort on the part of the Elasto Painters, who also missed the services of Jervy Cruz and JR Quinahan due to knee injuries.
Air21 outrebounded the undermanned Rain or Shine side, 54-36, and had more second chance points, 13-6.
“We gave up 62 points in halftime. I told the boys we didn’t show character at all. Parang bale wala sa kanila ang laro today,” lamented the soft-spoken deputy of Guiao.
The outspoken Rain or Shine coach missed the team’s first game for the season-ending conference to attend to an official function for Congress in Taiwan.
Given the short nine-game, single-round eliminations, Garcia said everyone should take note of Rain or Shine’s mistakes in order to make a strong bounce back game on Friday when it faces opening-day loser San Miguel Beer.
“We just have to bounce back and learn from our mistakes.”