TIME might not be on their side, but Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia is upbeat the Rain or Shine-backstopped Philippine squad will perform well in the Asian Games.
Garcia hopes familiarity will more than make up for their lack of preparation for the quadrennial showpiece as Yeng Guiao looks to steer a club that is made up of familiar faces.
Six players from Rain or Shine in Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi, Chris Tiu, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan and James Yap make up the core of the team, while current and former players of Guiao were also called up in Paul Lee, Asi Taulava and Don Trollano.
Bulking up the squad is GlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle, Blackwater’s Poy Erram and San Miguel’s Christian Stnadhardinger.
“Nung nag-usap kami, we wanted to get the players na kabisado na namin. You have six Rain or Shine players, then you have Paul Lee, Asi who plays for coach Yeng, Don Trollano, so that’s basically nine players who played for coach Yeng,” said Garcia who will once again be Guiao’s assistant in the upcoming Asian Games.
“Kay Stanley Pringle naman, the way that the system goes, bagay na bagay kay Stanley. In Poy Erram we have another big body who has improved through the years. Even Christian Standhardinger is a big boost for the team, so basically we have a good line-up,” Garcia said.
Garcia understands that they have a tall mountain to climb but he has full faith in this team that they can compete with the best in Asia.
“We want to do better than a seventh-place finish. That’s the first thing we’re looking at. But we don’t want to pressure the players too much,” Garcia said.
“Knowing coach Yeng, his motivation skills, talagang mamo-motivate niya yung players to work hard and play hard so, I guess it’s gonna be exciting. But the competition will be hard also,” he added.