A BAD loss to Barangay Ginebra at the start of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semi-final series did nothing to dampen Rain or Shine’s collective spirit.
In fact, coach Caloy Garcia said his Elasto Painters are even more upbeat going to the re-scheduled Game 2 of their best-of-five duel with the Kings Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“We remain positive and understand it’s just a matter of exerting more effort and being more disciplined,” said Garcia on the eve of the match.
Ginebra took the series opener 102-89 last Sunday in a game where it started out hot for an early 18-point spread before fending off Rain or Shine’s second half uprisings.
The game was supposed to be played out Tuesday, but the league’s concern for the safety of the players and fans due to the inclement weather forced the re-scheduling.
According to Garcia, the respite is one his team welcomes, but so should Ginebra.
“Basically, I think it works for both sides because Japeth (Aguilar) gets (more time) to heal while we had more practices than going to the first game,” explained Garcia.
Aguilar suited up but did not see action in the opener due to a left Achilles injury he suffered in the quarterfinals-clinching game against Meralco last Wednesday. He remains a game-time decision tonight.
Rain or Shine also had just two days of practices, one less than Ginebra, before Game 1 after getting forced into a rubber match by GlobalPort in their separate quarterfinals duel.
Like their foes, the E-Painters spent the additional one-day break to fine-tune their game after watching their lapses in the opener.
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GINEBRA vs RAIN OR SHINE (SEMIS) 2018 REPLAY – JULY 15, 2018