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    Mike Tolomia's heads-up play a silver lining for RoS as Ahanmisi, Tiu earn coach's ire

    Apr 2, 2017
    Rookie Mike Tolomia finished the game for Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano

    RAIN or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia was a picture of disappointment after seeing his squad drop its second straight game, this time at the hands of Alaska, 105-102, last Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Garcia was particularly concerned about the lack of production from his point guards, particularly Chris Tiu and Maverick Ahanmisi, who struggled in the face of the swarming Alaska defense.

    So disappointed was Garcia that neither Ahanmisi nor Tiu saw action in the fourth quarter as the RoS coach went to rookie Mike Tolomia, who led their comeback from 14 points down in the third period.

    "I didn't get anything from Chris and Maverick in this game and they play an important role in this team. They have to learn how to control the team, they couldn't bring down the ball," Garcia said.

    "I'm concerned about it.. I think the rookie was the veteran player today," he added.

    [See In-form Alaska Aces stay unbeaten]

    The fiery Rain or Shine coach was dismayed with the fact that they have spent training sessions preparing for the Alaska pressure only to see his veterans falter during the game itself.

    "We practiced that yesterday kaya it's kind of disappointing na veteran players, they didn't do what we've practiced. They had their own agenda."

    But if there's a silver lining in the defeat, Garcia saw what exactly Tolomia can do when given extended minutes. The former Far Eastern University star finished with nine points and three assists, all in the fourth period.

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    "At least we know now that Mike can really play in this league. That's another added weapon siguro, once he gets longer minutes. And i think he deserves longer minutes."

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    Rookie Mike Tolomia finished the game for Rain or Shine. Jerome Ascano
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