Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia is downplaying his team's 2-0 start in the 2019 Honda PBA Philippine Cup.
The Elasto Painters hammered the NLEX Road Warriors, 96-87, before squeaking past the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 83-80 Saturday in the first out-of-town game this year in Calasiao, Pangasinan.
Garcia noted that Rain or Shine survived Ginebra -- despite shooting just 35 percent from the floor -- by controlling the boards.
Ginebra's "Twin Towers" of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar got their usual numbers, but Rain or Shine had a huge 27-17 advantage in offensive rebounds.
"We struggled from the outside, but we did a good job on getting us extra possessions off the offensive boards. We did a good job on the rebounding side, which was a hard task on boxing out their bigs," explained Garcia.
Slaughter and Aguilar combined for 34 points and 20 rebounds, but Rain or Shine made up the difference in part from contributions off its bench. Mark Borboran and Norbert Torres each had 12 points and eight rebounds.
Garcia reiterated that it's no time to celebrate.
"We are not even thinking about us being at 2-0. We just have to treat every game as a must-win because we know that all teams are tough," Garcia said. "We just have to be ready to play every game."
Rain or Shine will be back in action on Wednesday and will be gunning for a third straight win against winless Blackwater at the Cuneta Astrodome.