RAIN or Shine coach Caloy Garcia is looking for consistency from the locals after the Elastopainters suffered back-to-back losses on Wednesday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Garcia said the locals’ production has been what the team is missing this conference which has led to a 3-5 win-loss slate after the Elastopainters bowed to TNT, 102-81.
Garcia said he saw some glimpses of good play from the locals after trailing by as many as 25 points in the game.
“There’s no consistency in our game,” said Garcia. “Sabi ko nga sa mga players, it’s not the end of the world but the way things our going, we have to have the players to play consistently on both sides kasi ang nangyayari sa amin, we came back from 25 and cut it to seven, we changed players, nawala ‘yung energy.”
Garcia said it is also frustrating to see Rain or Shine import Denzel Bowles doing all the work with little contributions from the locals. Bowles had 28 points in the loss to TNT with Javee Mocon being the lone double-digit scorer for the locals with 19 points as well as grabbing 10 rebounds.
“Nakakafrustrate to see your import doing his best but the locals are not being consistent. You see them play good one game, then off the next. It’s all about being consistent,” said Garcia.
Garcia, however, said he is not giving up on his players, reminding the team after the TNT loss about how Rain or Shine came close to progressing to the finals of the Philippine Cup a few months ago.
“I just told the players that we are a good team. We went all the way to Game Seven against Magnolia last conference and almost made it to the finals. At the same time, we have a good import. The only problem is that we haven’t been making the usual shots that we used to hit last conference. We are getting those open shots and we just have to make it,” said Garcia, whose team have three games left in the elimination round.
“We play good teams in Alaska, Magnolia, and San Miguel. I just hope we can get two wins out of those three games. Naniniwala pa rin ako na puwedeng mangyari ‘yun. It happened to us before. But it’s hard task especially against Alaska because we both need a win on Saturday,” Garcia said.