In some ways, Rain or Shine is what Ginebra aspires to become.
On Sunday, the two teams crossed paths and the difference between the title-contending Elasto Painters and the Gin Kings showed with Rain or Shine slipping past Ginebra, 94-86.
“Rain or Shine, what they do, they’re really good at it. They executed really well, hustled really well, and they play really well as a team – that’s what we need to be,” said Kings center Greg Slaughter.
Though, Slaughter still had his usual numbers – 19 points and eight rebounds in 34 minutes – the hulking Cebuano admitted he had a hard time fighting through the Elasto Painters’ bigs.
“It’s tough,” said Slaughter. “Rain or Shine is really a top caliber team. We need to step our game up. They out-executed us, outhustled us. We still need to get better as a team.”
At 4-4, Slaughter admitted the Gin Kings still have a lot to do to get to the level of coach Tim Cone’s former championship squads.
But slowly but surely, Ginebra is trying its best to at least make a decent showing and be at a better position come the 2016 Smart Bro PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.
“Our goal is to get a good positioning in the playoffs and hopefully, we’ll make our way from there and continue on getting better in the process. We got coach Tim, he’s such a great coach and every one is just so enthusiastic about it. We just got to keep on getting better everyday,” he said.
“We can always be better. We’re just halfway through the season, so we look forward in the next game, try to pick up another win, and just keep on getting better and better as a team. We hope we peak at the right time at the playoffs.”