The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, known for their physicality and aggressiveness on the defensive end, was nowhere near their dreaded form as they absorbed another beating at the hands of 2017 Governors’ Cup champion Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel.
The defeat at the hands of the league’s most popular squad was the second in three days for Rain or Shine and head coach Caloy Garcia felt that the team was lacking in effort, especially when it comes to going after the loose ball.
“We lacked effort and we came in soft,” said Garcia during the post-game interview.
Garcia wasn’t pleased at the way Brgy. Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson simply toyed with his team’s bigs.
“We have to be more physical. Scottie Thompson has been physical on the boards. And if the referees are allowing that then I told them, then we have to do the same thing, to be more physical against them,” Garcia added.
The 6-foot-1 Thompson was just 1 rebound shy of equalling the total rebounds hauled by 4 Rain or Shine frontcourt players.
The 24-year old native of Padada, Davao del Sur grabbed 15 boards, while Beau Belga, Jay Washington, Jewel Ponferada and Raymond Almazan combined for 16.
Despite the loss, Garcia is still confident that his team is capable of bouncing back when the two teams collide again on Game 2 of the series, which is scheduled on Wednesday, March 7 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“I just told the players, it’s not yet over. We’re playing one of the best teams in the league, and we’re still keeping everything positive right now.”