COACH Caloy Garcia commended a gallant stand by Rain or Shine on Saturday night, never mind that a loss to Ginebra left his team on the brink of elimination in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.
Rain or Shine lost to Ginebra, 75-72, in Game Three after a courageous comeback from 25-points down fell just short, giving the Gin Kings a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinal series.
“Sabi ko nga sa mga players, it was a tale of two halves. They played excellent in the first half, we played a better second half. But kinapos kami nung huli. I told the players, if you want to extend the series, we have to play the way we played in the second half,” said Garcia.
To stay alive, Garcia said Rain or Shine can't afford a start as bad as Saturday's when the team trailed, 43-18, before getting its act together.
“I’m happy about how they performed in the second half. But really, masama lang na three games na kaming bad start. We have to find a way to start better to keep us in the game earlier to have a chance,” said Garcia.
Garcia said Rain or Shine must also find a way to contain Justin Brownlee, who torched them for 44 points in Game Three.
“After the way we performed in the second half, it gave us confidence. We just have to watch what we did in the second half. Brownlee was incredible today. I think he only missed (five shots) and that was with defense. That’s the story of the game. Brownlee was on fire today,” said Garcia.