Rain or Shine Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia is thankful that he has two young stars that can take over whenever he needs them to.
Rising stars Rey Nambatac and Javee Mocon led the way for Rain or Shine, combining to score over a third of the team's 91 points in the win over Terrafirma Dyip.
Fresh from his heroics in their season opener against San Miguel, Nambatac dropped a team-high 19 markers, nine of which came in the fourth quarter. His last three pointer, which was launched several strides beyond the arc, was the icing on the cake for the Elasto Painters, which pushed the lead to a comfortable nine-point spread, 85-76, with 2:43 left in the game.
"I think Rey today was more aggressive in scoring. Last game, he was trying to feed other players. Rey is a great player. He's gonna end up as one of those superstars of the PBA," noted Garcia in the post-game press conference.
"That's what I see in him because he has the guts to take shots. We were already playing bad, he came in and he started hitting those three-point shots from way far from the three-point line. I think it's just about trusting each other," he added.
The other bright spot for the Elasto Painters in the win was Javee Mocon.
A beneficiary of Garcia's trust, Mocon scored 14 after playing 44 minutes in the win. He played 37 minutes in the previous game where he scored a game-high 25. Although it did not show up in the stat sheet, Mocon's length helped the defense of Rain or Shine to stifle their opponents to just 36.8% shooting overall.
"The nice thing with Javee in the All-Filipino conference is he can guard multiple players... Like what happened in the first game, he played spectacular, today he made a few mistakes but his defense is there," said Garcia.