THE same dilemma that bothered Barangay Ginebra before seems to be bugging Rain or Shine now.
Rookie Javee Mocon admitted the Elasto Painters have suddenly become too dependent on import Denzel Bowles and the lack of local support is definitely hurting the team’s push for a playoffs spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
Bowles once again carried Rain or Shine by his lonesome that resulted in a 102-81 loss to leader TnT Katropa Wednesday night as the losses continue to pile up for the team.
Mocon tried to do his own share by contributing 19 points and 10 rebounds, but was the only local player to finish in double figures for the Elasto Painters.
Gabe Norwood and Mark Borboran were the next two best locals behind Mocon, finishing with eight points each.
“We’re too relaxed kasi we have Denzel, who’s a good import, a great import. So naging complacent kami. We relied on him too much, nawala yung sarili naming confidence,” said the rookie wingman out of San Beda.
The predicament was the same one that hit Barangay Ginebra early in its campaign as coach Tim Cone acknowledged the Kings had become too reliant on import Justine Brownlee.
The league’s most popular ballclub has somehow already addressed the issue and is now slowly climbing back to top of the standings.
Mocon hopes Elasto Painters would be able to do the same turnaround as the Kings did.
“It’s really hard because everybody is doing their best. So we just have to get back to our groove,” he said.
Rain or Shine had lost its last two outings for a 3-5 (win-loss) record, good enough to hold on at no. 8 in the standings. It faces Alaska, Magnolia, and San Miguel in its last three outings in the eliminations.
A sweep of their last three matches would somehow assure the franchise of at least making it to the quarterfinals, according to Mocon.
“We just have to win our games to make it sure na papasok kami sa quarterfinals,” he said.