RONNIE Matias is hoping to make a comeback with Rain or Shine.
The journeyman cager has been trying out for his former team for the past two weeks, eager to crack the roster ahead of the new PBA season.
“Nagbabakasakali lang,” Matias said in a chat with Spin.ph on Wednesday after the team’s tune-up game against National University. “Pinapunta tayo dito ng RoS management eh. Try din natin. Wala namang mawawala, ‘di ba?”
Matias was a member of the Rain or Shine team that won the franchise's only championship in 2012. He was later dealt to GlobalPort and found his way to San Mig (now Star) before spending last season as a reserve player at Barako Bull.
Elasto Painters assistant coach Caloy Garcia, though, said there are no promises for the 31-year-old forward, considering they already have an almost complete lineup with rookies Maverick Ahanmisi and Don Trollano expected to sign their pro contracts soon.
“We’re trying to find ways where we can put him back in the lineup,” Garcia said. “Pero as of now, medyo puno pa kami. So nagta-try out lang siya.”
The 6-foot-4 combo forward said he has kept himself in shape by joining invitational tournaments in Manila as well as in provinces like Davao, not to mention his regular biking and gym regimen.
Garcia said there’s still a chance for Matias to make the roster given the PBA won’t open until Ocotober.
“Matagal pa naman yung PBA,” Garcia said, adding their other draftee, Josan Nimes, has yet to sign up owing to his NCAA duty with Mapua. “Si Nimes November pa, so wala kaming problema, kung baga hindi pa kami pressured to sign him.”
Matias, who provided the squad quality minutes in the past, hopes to be the missing piece of the Painters' puzzle in their bid to get over the hump after falling short the last few conferences.
“Malay mo, baka ako yung swerte,” he said with a laugh. “Sana talaga makapirma.”
“Ipagdasal na lang natin makabalik para may trabaho pa rin,” Matias added. “Masaya ako pag nakabalik ako dito. Ibibigay ko ulit yung best ko.”