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    Caloy unfazed by Game 3 loss, hails gallant ROS stand

    Jul 22, 2018
    PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

    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.

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      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.

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      Garcia said Rain or Shine must also find a way to contain Justin Brownlee, who torched them for 44 points in Game Three.

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      “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.

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