MANILA, Philippines—Rain or Shine is getting into a brand new period, however that doesn’t imply the outdated guard will simply slowly fade away.
Stars corresponding to Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon proved to be sizzling commodities whereas rookies Santi Santillan, Anton Asistio, and Andrei Caracut regarded to have transitioned into the PBA life pretty effectively.
Older gamers corresponding to Beau Belga and Gabe Norwood, nevertheless, are nonetheless productive as ever and head coach Chris Gavina is having fun with each little bit of his generational roster.
Gavina mentioned that whereas Nambatac and Mocon are likely to fill the field scores, it’s Belga and Norwood who’ve set the muse for the group particularly on the management entrance.
“Our two younger stars are Rey and Javee and proper now they’re paving the best way for the success of our group sooner or later,” mentioned Gavina. “Gabe and Beau have been within the league for greater than a decade and these guys anticipate you to play at a sure stage as a result of we’re making an attempt to realize one thing we’ve with this group.”
Rain or Shine, which is all the time a perennial contender, has two titles below its identify, the 2012 Governors’ and 2016 Commissioner’s Cups, however has but to achieve the championship spherical in additional than 5 years.
And to get to the highest, Gavina mentioned he expects his youthful gamers to slowly rise to the event simply as what Belga and Norwood did half a decade in the past.
“We want these younger guys to tackle that strain and type of embrace it as an entire.”
One of many gamers Gavina expects to take the subsequent step and towards superstardom is Nambatac.
The seventh general decide of the 2017 draft cemented himself as the long run basis of the group and he inked a three-year most extension as proof of the Elasto Painters’ religion in him.
Nambatac averaged 10.7 factors, the second-best on the group behind Mocon’s 12.9, and 4.6 rebounds throughout the elimination spherical.
Gavina added that Mocon additionally deserves to get a most extension as soon as his preliminary contract is up.
“Clearly, with the larger contract you bought to anticipate when a corporation makes you a max man, you bought to type of carry out and rise as much as that stage that now you’re distinguished for. Javee can be on his manner there,” mentioned Gavina.
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