Problems with Rain or Shine?

(Pictures taken from the PBA website. I will gladly delete this if asked. :) )


I am not trying to instigate anything. Sure, after winning their first three games, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have dropped their last four assignments but this problem is more of a “fantasy” one rather than a real one.

For those who play PBFANTASY, it is hard for a manager to use Rain or Shine players. Yeng Guiao has made it hard for managers to select players in his squad because even if you know who the obvious star players in the team are, it may not be the right player to take at that particular time.

Even Hassan Adams can’t be stat threat!

For starters, have you seen Gabe Norwood’s average right now? Furthermore, have you seen Ronjay Buenafe’s average right now? These guys suffered a massive stat drop after Yeng Guiao took over as head coach. I can understand why Norwood got this since he is new to Yeng’s system but wasn’t Buenafe part of the Air21 squad Guiao coached a conference ago? Fact is, Buenafe alongside Beau Belga were brought in here because they are familiar faces in Yeng Guiao’s system. Buenafe is averaging less than 12 minutes per game which is 17 minutes short of his Philippine Cup average. Meanwhile this could be the first conference where Norwood failed to average at least 35 minutes a game. His playing time is ten minutes down and this contributed much to his stat decline. This is turning out to be his worst season in the PBA

Aside from Norwood and Buenafe, once dependable players that are hits or misses now include Ryan Arana and Jeff Chan. These players combine for 26 minutes per game this conference which is seven points higher than RJ Jazul’s minutes haul.

Of course, there are plus points when Yeng Guiao takes over. His former wards Larry Rodriguez, Doug Kramer, and Beau Belga are getting their share of breaks. RJ Jazul is getting his break with Josh Vanlandingham, TY Tang, and Jervy Cruz getting ample minutes to shine. Steady defensive specialists Jireh Ibanes and Jonathan Uyloan are getting sporadic playing time. John Ferriols, the team’s elder statesman, is also getting the minutes for Coach Yeng.




SCORING / There are no ROS locals that average in double figures. Kramer, Rodriguez, Norwood, and Arana score eight points and more for the Painters. Ronjay Buenafe, who averaged 17.1 in the previous conference, is only good for 5.7 points as of this moment. 

REBOUNDING / There are three ROS locals who gets six rebounds per night – Kramer, Rodriguez, and Belga. This is sporadic though since they may or may not play near their normal playing time.

ASSISTS / As of this moment, unless Gabe Norwood gets this up, I don’t think this stat would matter. This is where the need for Sol Mercado happens.

STEALS / Norwood leads the team with barely a steal per game but again, this is a stat that barely matters.

BLOCKS / Rodriguez is the team’s leader but again, this is a garbage stat to check out because no manager will use this category as gauge.

PLAYING TIME / This is the most important stat we need to check out. Sure, it won’t get you anything but at least it’s great to know that NO ELASTO PAINTER average 26 minutes a game! This means you need to pray that the player you’ll get will have a great game or else you just wasted a pick.


Which reminds me – there are a lot of managers wishing and hoping that ROS will not reach the next phase.

I’m including myself to those well wishers.

There will be more usable players if Meralco, Air21, and B-Meg will reach instead of the Elasto Painters.


There is still hope for the Elasto Painters. They need to make use of Norwood and Buenafe more just like how Caloy Garcia would use Norwood and Sol Mercado. Also, its not as if this is the first time Rain or Shine has their backs against the wall. They are a fiery squad that plays hard until the dying seconds. 

Hopefully by the next conference, the Rain or Shine players will be familiarized in Yeng Guiao’s system so they can boost their chances in winning the Governor’s Cup and at the same time...

... Become valuable pawns for those who like Fantasy PBA Basketball.

BONUS!





Here is the unofficial list of the leaders in the Power Rankings that will be posted on April 4 (As of March 27, 2011). 

1 GARY DAVID / POWERADE
2 LA TENORIO / ALASKA
3 MACMAC CARDONA / MERALCO
4 JOE DEVANCE / ALASKA
5 MARC PINGRIS / B-MEG
6 SOL MERCADO / MERALCO
7 DANNY SEIGLE / AIR21
8 JAY WASHINGTON / SAN MIGUEL
9 MARCIO LASSITER / SMART-GILAS
10 PETER JUNE SIMON / B-MEG
11 SONNY THOSS / ALASKA
12 JIMMY ALAPAG / TALK N TEXT
13 CHRIS TIU / SMART-GILAS
14 JV CASIO / SMART-GILAS
15 CYRUS BAGUIO / ALASKA
16 JAMES YAP / B-MEG
17 KELLY WILLIAMS / TALK N TEXT
18 MARK CAGUIOA / GINEBRA
19 ARWIND SANTOS / SAN MIGUEL
20 JAY-R REYES / AIR21
21 RABEH AL-HUSSAINI / SAN MIGUEL
22 GABBY ESPINAS / MERALCO
23 DONDON HONTIVEROS / AIR21
24 RONALD TUBID / GINEBRA
25 ALEX CABAGNOT / SAN MIGUEL
26 RANIDEL DE OCAMPO / TALK N TEXT
27 WILLIE MILLER / GINEBRA
28 JONAS VILLANUEVA / B-MEG
29 RYAN REYES / TALK N TEXT
30 KERBY RAYMUNDO / B-MEG
31 ASI TAULAVA / MERALCO
32 RUDY HATFIELD / GINEBRA
33 REYNEL HUGNATAN / MERALCO
34 CHRIS ROSS / MERALCO
35 LARRY RODRIGUEZ / RAIN OR SHINE
36 ALI PEEK / TALK N TEXT
37 GABE NORWOOD / RAIN OR SHINE
38 DOUG KRAMER / RAIN OR SHINE
39 JOSH URBIZTONDO / AIR21
40 MIKE CORTEZ / GINEBRA

Game over. 



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