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Caloy Garcia marvels at his rookies as Rain or Shine invests for their future
by Reynald Magallon, January 27, 2020 9:41pm
The Rain or Shine Elastopainters already signed new faces to add to their line up as part of developing their present, as well as their future.
The E-Painters signed their draftees Adrian Wong, Clint Doliguez, Vince Tolentino and Prince Rivero to bring youth to a team that featured seasoned veterans James Yap, Gabe Norwood and Beau Belga.
The four can also help form a potent support cast for the Rain or Shine's rising stars Rey Nambatac and Jayvee Mocon.
ROS head coach Caloy Garcia already liked what he saw from the young turks so far in the off season.
"We're okay. The rookies are adapting to the system na. I think we can go the defense already so hopefully we'll find tune up games so they can adapt to the PBA style," said Garcia after their Monday's practice at Reyes Gym.
Garcia felt the four rookies can bring a lot to the table for the E-Painters especially with their perfect mix of youth and championship experience.
"Youth and then yung energy nila, bata pa sila so dapat they have no excuses to slack off in practice," said Garcia.
"In the PBA, you have to at least get young legs para sa future mo but the nice thing about this guys, they play hard, they practice hard, they have championship experience in the collegiate level," he added.
The resume of their rookies already speak for themselves. Doliguez had won titles with the San Beda Red Lions, Wong and Tolentino were part of the coach Tab Baldwin's title teams in UAAP while Rivero was part of the championship team of La Salle bannered by Ben Mbala.
"They won championships so that's isang bagay why we got these guys. Mataas yung basketball IQ nila they can help the team a lot," Garcia marveled.
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