Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
|Rain or Shine Elasto Painters|
|Welcoat Dragons (2006–2008)
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2008–present)
|Team colors||Blue, Red, and White
|Company||Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc.|
|Owner(s)||Raymond Yu and Terry Que|
|Board governor||Mamerto Mondragon
Edison Oribiana (alternate)
|Head coach||Yeng Guiao|
|Welcoat Paints (PBL)|
|Leagues||Philippine Basketball League|
|History||Welcoat House Paints
Welcoat Paint Masters
St. Benilde-Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
|Team colors||Red, white|
|President||Raymund Yu and Terry Que|
|Head coach||Gabby Velasco
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are a professional basketball team in the Philippine Basketball Association owned by Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc. It debuted in the league in the 2006–07 PBA season after acquiring the franchise rights of the Shell Turbo Chargers in 2006, which disbanded after the 2004–05 PBA season.
From 1996–2006, the franchise played in the Philippine Basketball League, carrying the name Welcoat House Paints, Welcoat Paintmasters and the St. Benilde-Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, winning a total of six championships.
- 1 Beginnings
- 2 Welcoat Dragons (2006-2008)
- 3 Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2008-present)
- 4 Current roster
- 5 Season-by-season records
- 6 Players of note
- 7 Coaches
- 8 Records
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Philippine Basketball League (1996-2006)
The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters debuted in the Philippine Basketball League in 1996 as the Welcoat Paint Masters. Its first championship came in the 1999 Challenge Cup, winning 3-0 over Red Bull Energy Drink. Welcoat was considered as one of the two teams to enter the PBA before the 2000 season but lost out to Red Bull. Since then, the Paint Masters won five more championships, fielding in the best amateur and former Metropolitan Basketball Association players available, most notably Don Allado, Renren Ritualo, Yancy de Ocampo, Rommel Adducul, Ronald Tubid, James Yap, Paul Artadi, and Jay Washington. One of its biggest rivals from 2000–2002 was Shark Energy Drink, with PBA players Chester Tolomia (later joined Welcoat in 2004), Roger Yap, and later Rain or Shine member Gilbert Malabanan, as both teams engaged in four straight finals series, splitting both series in the process.
In 2005, Welcoat changed its name to Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, one of the products of their parent company, Welbest. The Elasto Painters made it all the way to the finals of the Heroes Cup against Magnolia. After leading the series 2-0, Rain or Shine suffered one of the biggest collapses in league history as the Wizards won the series in five games. In the 2006 PBL Unity Cup, the Elasto Painters were swept in the semifinals by the Toyota-Otis Sparks to end their four consecutive finals appearance, but placed third in a one-game playoff against Montaña Pawnshop on June 8. Prior to the start of Game 3 of the Unity Cup title series between Harbour Centre and Toyota-Otis on June 13, 2006, the league awarded the team with the Dynasty Award for their 10 years of success in the league. Several past and present members of the Welcoat franchise were on hand, as they brought their six championship trophies during the ceremony.
Acquiring a PBA franchise
After Shell's departure in the PBA in 2005, the league gave Shell an ultimatum of until early 2006 to either announce their return to the league for the 06-07 season, or to sell the franchise to a prospective buyer. In several press releases and interview, then-PBA Commissioner Noli Eala mentioned that some companies were interested in joining the league, although he did not stress which of these companies were. One of Eala's vision was for the PBA to be a 12-team league. Welcoat suddenly came into the picture, expressing interest to buy the Shell franchise. By January 2006, major newspapers reported that the Welcoat team is nearing the completion of acquiring the Shell team. By February, the PBA announced the entry of Welcoat as the 10th PBA team for the 2006–2007 season. People's Journal said that the turnover was approved between P30-40 million, a big drop from the original P60 million the Turbo Chargers wanted  The Manila Times, however, reported that it was close to P55 million that Shell wanted 
Welcoat put out P60 million as bond for five years, P7 million for participation fee and another P6 million for transfer fee.
As incentive, the PBA allowed Welcoat to grab three amateur players from their Rain or Shine PBL team. The Paint Masters named Jay-R Reyes, Junjun Cabatu, and NCAA Most Valuable Player Jay Sagad as the three players from the core of its amateur team which they elevated into the pros directly. Welcoat also signed PBL veterans Niño Gelig, undrafted point guard Froilan Baguion, Jercules Tangkay, and former Shell players Adonis Sta. Maria and Rob Wainwright. In the dispersal draft, Welcoat took Gilbert Lao from Coca-Cola and Denver Lopez from San Miguel.
In August 2006, Welcoat announced that they will be named as the Welcoat Dragons in their pro stint while also grabbing former UP Fighting Maroons players Abby Santos and Jireh Ibañes as the team's new rookies, although Santos failed to sign with the team.
Welcoat Dragons (2006-2008)
In its PBA debut, Welcoat lost to eventual champion Barangay Ginebra Kings in the season-opening game of the 2006-07 PBA season, 102-69. Jojo Tangkay scored the team's first-ever basket in the league. Denver Lopez led the team with 12 points while rookie Jay-R Reyes had 10 for the Dragons. The Dragons won its first victory on October 9 defeating Coca-Cola. Their next two victories came at the hands of the San Miguel Beermen and the Talk 'N Text Phone Pals. Despite a 3-5 record, Welcoat lost their next 10 games along with injuries to key players that eventually ended their campaign with a 3-15 record, the only team to be eliminated after the elimination round of the 2006-07 PBA Philippine Cup.
During the 2007 PBA Fiesta Conference, the Dragons had two active imports, Wayland White and assistant coach Alex Compton. The other imports, Charles Clark and Rob Sanders, preceded White. The Dragons were again the first team to be eliminated in the Fiesta Conference by the hands of the Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants. The Dragons finished with a 7-29 record for the 2006-07 PBA season and was awarded the first overall draft pick after they won the draft lottery. They eventually selected Joe Devance of University of Texas at El Paso.
Before the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference, Leo Austria resigned as head coach of the Dragons citing that the management wanted a new direction. Then-assistant coach Caloy Garcia was named interim head coach on March 18 and would eventually become the team's official head coach. The Dragons finished with another 7-29 record and failed to qualify again for the playoffs in either of the two conferences.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (2008-present)
In 2008, a new name was introduced for the team – Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. At the 2008 PBA Draft held at Market! Market!, Taguig, the team drafted Gabe Norwood of George Mason University as the first overall pick. In the 2nd round, the Elasto Painters grabbed point guard Tyrone Tang of De La Salle University. 24 hours after the draft proper, the team traded 2007 first overall pick Joe Devance and their 2009 and 2010 second round picks to the Alaska Aces in exchange for Alaska's 2009 1st round pick, number five overall Solomon Mercado, and veteran Eddie Laure.
They defeated Air21 on their first game of the 2008–2009 Philippine Cup, 120-102 to spark a surprise showing at the 2008-09 PBA Philippine Cup. The Elasto Painters were aiming for a semifinal berth when they were defeated by the eventual champions Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters in the elimination round. With a record of 10-8, they faced the defending champions Sta. Lucia Realtors in the quarterfinals where they were swept 2-0 in the best-of-3 series, with Norwood and Mercado being ejected in Game 1. Their 10-win record surpassed their best performance in a season.
During the Fiesta Conference, the Elasto Painters took import Charles Clark but was soon replaced by heavyweight Jai Lewis, a former college teammate of Gabe Norwood. Ace play-maker Sol Mercado got injured before their quarterfinals game with Purefoods. Despite a depleted lineup, the Elasto Painters defeated Purefoods led by Gabe Norwood and point guard Tyrone Tang in the absence of Mercado. Tang made a three-point shot to take the lead with 31 seconds left, they won and made it to the semifinals for the first time in franchise history. They were then eliminated by the Barangay Ginebra Kings in the semifinals, ending their season with promise. In the 2011 PBA Commissioner's Cup, they made the franchise best start, 3-0 under Yeng Guiao. In the 2011-12 PBA Philippine Cup, they finished 9-5, 5th place because of an inferior quotient on Ginebra and Petron. They swept the crowd favorite Barangay Ginebra Kings, 2-0 to advance to their 3rd semifinals appearance. They faced the 8th-seeded Powerade Tigers who eliminated the top-seeded crowd favorite B-Meg Llamados but they are eliminated, 3-4. In the 2012 PBA Governors Cup, they found their franchise best start, 4-0. They won 107-100, 100-94*, 106-92 and 93-90 over Alaska Aces, B-Meg Llamados, Air21 Express and Barangay Ginebra Kings on Paul Lee's winning triple 2.6 seconds remaining but lost on arch rival Powerade, 98-104. * Rain or Shine won via overtime.
They made their first final appearance after winning against B-Meg Llamados at a very crucial game, 92-82, under the leadership of Coach Yeng Guiao on 2012 PBA Governor's Cup, though after that loss, B-Meg Llamados won over a do-or-die game against the Barangay Ginebra Kings for the remaining slot for the finals.
On their debut game for the 2012 Governor's Cup, Rain or Shine Elasto Painters won a very physical game against B-Meg Llamados 91-80. The team had a disappointing loss on Game Two where their Rookie, Paul Lee, re-injured his left shoulder 80-85. Even without Paul Lee, the team bounced back on their third and fourth games, 93-84 and 94-89, respectively, to lead the series 3-1. However, the team lost both Game 5 and 6 with B-Meg forcing a winner-take-all Game 7. On August 5, 2012, the six-year-old franchise won their first Championship title after handing B-Meg an 83-76 game loss. The undermanned team led by Coach Yeng Guiao along with their import Jamelle Cornley and the local Jeff Chan, who won the Finals MVP, grabbed the lead early in the third quarter after B-Meg Llamados' import Marqus Blakely had foul trouble.
In 2013-14 PBA Philippine Cup they finished the eliminations in 2nd place of the standings. They beat GlobalPort Batang Pier in the quarterfinals in one game. They also beat Petron Blaze Boosters in 4-1 series win in the semifinals, despite coach Yeng Guiao having suspended in Game 5. They faced San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in the finals but lost to them in 6 games.
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters roster
- a also serves as Rain or Shine's board governor.
Team Depth Chart
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Raymond Almazan||Jewel Ponferada|
|PF||Beau Belga||JR Quiñahan||Josan Nimes|
|SF||Gabe Norwood||Don Trollano||Jireh Ibanes||Ronnie Matias|
|SG||Jeff Chan||Jericho Cruz||Jeric Teng|
|PG||Paul Lee||Maverick Ahanmisi||Chris Tiu|
- Records from the 2014–15 PBA season:
|Conf.||Team name||Elimination round||Playoffs|
|PHI||Rain or Shine Elasto Painters||2nd/12||9||2||.818||Semifinals||Alaska 4, Rain or Shine 2|
|Rain or Shine** 92, Ginebra 91
Rain or Shine 2, Meralco 0
Talk 'N Text 4, Rain or Shine 3
|Rain or Shine** 134, Barako Bull 132 (2OT)
San Miguel 2, Rain or Shine 1
|Total elimination round||24||9||.727||5 semifinal appearances|
|Total playoffs||11||11||1.000||2 Finals appearance|
|Total 2014–15||35||20||.636||0 championships|
|Total franchise||209||221||.486||1 championship|
**team had the twice-to-beat advantage
Players of note
Members of the PBA's 25 greatest players
- Samboy Lim, former player, assistant coach and consultant in their Philippine Basketball League squad.
Other notable players
- 1999 1st PBL Challenge Cup (def. Red Bull 3-0)
- 1999 2nd PBL Challenge Cup (def. ANA Water Dispenser 3-0)
- 2000 PBL Chairman's Cup (def. Shark Energy Drink 4-0)
- 2001 PBL Cup (def. Shark Energy Drink 4-0)
- 2002 PBL Challenge Cup (def. Dazz 3-0)
- 2005 PBL Unity Cup (def. Montaña 3-1)
- 2012 PBA Governors Cup (def. B-Meg Llamados 4-3) Game 7 series
- Official website
- Enter the Dragons: Welcoat undergoes a ‘paint-staking’ makeover
- MYPBL.com: Rain or Shine
- PhilippineNews.com: Welcoat team: ‘Genesis’ of great players
- Sunstar Cebu: PBA offers franchise to Welcoat Paints
- Manila Times: Welcoat poised to enter PBA via Shell’s franchise
- Journal: Welcoat joins PBA family
- Manila Times: PBA welcomes Welcoat Paints as 10th member
- PBA.ph: Welcoat wants Compton in PBA debut
Shell Turbo Chargers
|PBA teams genealogies
Petron Blaze Boosters
|PBA Governors Cup Champions
San Mig Coffee Mixers