Caloy Garcia knows it takes a lot of consistency every game to regain its once lofty status in the PBA.
For four straight seasons, Rain or Shine was a model of consistency after reaching the semifinals for 13 straight conferences, while capturing the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup crown as well.
But the Elasto Painters saw their playoff streak come to a halt in the Governors’ Cup last season when they were ousted by the Phoenix Fuel Masters following a key loss in the eliminations.
Rain or Shine managed to make it back to the playoffs in the Philippine Cup, but quickly took an exit when it bowed to powerhouse San Miguel in the quarterfinals.
Then, last conference, ROS lost its bid for back-to-back Commissioner’s Cup titles after bowing to Star in the best-of-3 quarterfinal series.
“I think it (reaching semis) will always depend on how consistnt we can be. It’s been 2 conferences that we were starting well, but then when we played against strong teams, bumamaba ano namin. So I just hope we can perform a lot better than the last 2 conferences,” Garcia said, whose team clashes with a dangerous GlobalPort side in the main game of the Governors’ Cup on Friday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is 7 p.m. with ROS parading a young import in JD Weatherspoon.
Garcia described the 6-5 Weatherspoon as athletic, can post up well and has a decent touch from beyond the arc.
“The first time he played against Phoenix (in tuneup game), nangangapa pa siya, but surprisingly, he plays better in (tuneup) games than in practice, so maybe he’s a gamer, and maybe nacha-challenge siya when he feels he needs to prove something,” shared Garcia.
GlobalPort, meantime, also tries to rebound from an ugly Commissioner’s Cup stint that saw the squad of coach Franz Pumaren bow out of the quarterfinals after losing to top seed Barangay Ginebra.
The Batang Pier hope Trawick could supply be the missing link, even as veteran guard Ryan Arana, acquired from free agency, will bring the added experience and toughness for a team that owns the explosive backcourt in Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle.
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