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Garcia hopes ROS stays cohesive as Govs' Cup debut finally beckons

After playing in back-to-back international competitions, Gabe Norwood swings back to action for ROS. Nikki Collantes (file photo)
By Ivan Saldajeno

BAGUIO--The key players of Rain Or Shine have been busy the past few weeks due to their commitment with Gilas Pilipinas in the Asian Games and the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers fourth window.

That's why Coach Caloy Garcia is resting his laurels on the Elasto Painters who were not called up to the national team when they begin their campaign in the PBA Governors' Cup on Saturday night.

"Coming into the game this Saturday, I told them that my priority probably would be them 'coz they've been working for the past one month and a half, so hopefully, sila muna ang magdadala ng team," Garcia said, pertaining to Sidney Onwubere, Ed Daquioag, Dexter Maiquez, Jewel Ponferada, Mark Borboran, Jay Washington, Rey Nambatac, Norbert Torres, Ronnie Matias, JK Casino, and import J'Nathan Bullock.

Maverick Ahanmisi, Raymond Almazan, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood, Chris Tiu, and James Yap only rejoined ROS in training this week with Almazan, Belga, and Norwood, the busiest of the six as they played in both international events, just joining on Wednesday.

"Hopefully, the players will be able to gel well together," Garcia added.

But also, Garcia looks forward to the lessons Almazan, Belga, and Norwood, who played in both events, learned from their Gilas experience--with former ROS head coach Yeng Guiao at the helm--that they will apply on Saturday against TNT in Passi.

The E-Painters and the KaTropa collide at 5 p.m. Saturday in the said city in Iloilo Province.

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