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Revision as of 07:25, 16 February 2009

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters logo

In the PBL:

Welcoat House Paints
Welcoat Paint Masters
St. Benilde-Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
In the PBA:
Welcoat Dragons
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
Joined PBA 2006-07
Team colors Blue, red, yellow and white
Company Asian Coatings Philippines, Inc.
Head coach Caloy Garcia
PBL: 5 (1999 1st Challenge Cup, 1999 2nd Challenge Cup, 2000 Chairman's Cup, 2001 Chairman's Cup, 2002 Challenge Cup, 2005 Unity Cup)
PBA: none
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The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters is the newest team in the Philippine Basketball Association, debuting on the 2006-07 PBA season. From 1996-2006, it was a member of the semi-professional Philippine Basketball League, carrying the name Welcoat House Paints, Welcoat Paintmasters and the St. Benilde-Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. The team acquired the franchise rights of the Shell Turbo Chargers, who disbanded after the 2004-05 PBA season.


Philippine Basketball League

Welcoat became a member of the Philippine Basketball League during the mid-90's, even PBA legend Samboy Lim suited up for the team, minus his traditional high socks. Their 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 Anthony Washington.

One of their biggest rivals from 2000-2002 was Shark Energy Drink, with current 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 2006 PBL Unity Cup, the Elasto Painters were swept in the semifinals by Toyota-Otis Sparks to end their four consecutive finals appearance, but placed third in a one-game playoff against Montana 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.

Philippine Basketball Association

Welcoat Dragons
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Acquisition of the Shell franchise

After Shell's departure 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, PBA Commissioner Noli Eala mentioned that some companies were interested in joining the league, although he did not stressed which of these companies were. One of Eala's vision was for the PBA to have a 12-team league. Welcoat suddenly came into the picture, expressing interest to buy the Shell franchise.

By January 2006, 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 turnover was approved between P30-40 million, a big drop from the original P60 million the Turbo Chargers wanted [1] The Manila Times, however, reported that it was close to P55 million that Shell wanted [2]

Welcoat put out P60 million as bond for five years, P7 million for participation fee and another P6 million for transfer fee.

Pre-PBA preparations

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 are elevating into the pros directly.

Welcoat also signed PBL veterans Nino Gelig, undrafted point guard Froilan Baguion, Jercules Tangkay and former Shell big man Adonis Sta. Maria. In the dispersal draft, Welcoat took Rob Wainwright and Gilbert Lao from Coca-Cola and Denver Lopez from San Miguel, in a dispersal draft.

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.

2006-07: Inaugural season

In their 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 their first win in franchise history 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 to end 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 but had an injury. The Dragons are 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 in the draft lottery.

2007-08 season

Before the start of the 2008 PBA Fiesta Conference, Leo Austria resigned as head coach of the Dragons citing that the flaming showgirls wanted a new direction[1]. Assistant coach Caloy Garcia was named as interim head coach on March 18.[2]

2008-09 season

A new name was introduced for the Dragons----Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. At the 2008 Annual Rookie Draft held at Market! Market!, Taguig, the team drafted Gabe Norwood as the first overall pick. In the 2nd round, the Elasto Painters grabbed ex-DLSU Archer Tyronne Tang. 24 hours after the draft proper, the team traded last year's first overall pick ,Joe Devance, and their 2009 and 2010 second round picks to the Alaska Aces in exchange for Alaska's 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.

Current roster

Rain or Shine Elasto Painters roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # POB Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
G/F 5 United States Norwood, Gabe (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1985–02–09 George Mason
G 8 Philippines Daquioag, Ed 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1991–08–18 UST
G 9 Philippines Cruz, Jericho 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990–10–11 Adamson
F 12 Philippines Maiquez, Dexter 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1991–06–09 San Sebastian
G 13 United States Ahanmisi, Maverick 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1991–07–17 Minnesota
F/C 15 Philippines Ponferada, Jewel 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 211 lb (96 kg) 1988–07–08 National-U
F 16 Philippines Borboran, Mark 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 1984–11–20 UE
G 17 Philippines Tiu, Chris 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 176 lb (80 kg) 1985–07–15 Ateneo
G/F 18 Philippines Yap, James 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1982–02–15 UE
G/F 19 Philippines Trollano, Don 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 182 lb (83 kg) 1992–01–07 Adamson
F/C 20 Philippines Almazan, Raymond 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1989–08–02 Letran
F 23 Philippines Washington, Jay 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1981–10–10 Eckerd
G 25 Philippines Robles, Billy Ray 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1992–05–30 NIPSC
G 27 Philippines Nambatac, Rey (R) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Letran
F/C 30 Philippines Belga, Beau 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1986–11–30 Philippine Christian
F 33 Philippines Matias, Ronnie 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1983–11–29 Manila
G 35 United States King, Jerramy 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1990–09–26 Long Beach State
F Philippines Sollano, Jomari (DP) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Letran
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Team manager

  • (C) Team captain
  • (I) Import
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (IN) Inactive
  • (S) Suspended
  • (R) Rookie
  • Injured Injured


Current depth chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Gilbert Lao
PF Allan Salangsang
SG Charles Clark
PG Solomon Mercado

Season-by-season records

Season Conference Elimination round Playoffs
Finish W L  % Stage Results
Welcoat Dragons
2006-07 Philippine Cup 10th 3 15 .167 Out from playoffs
Fiesta Conference 10th 4 14 .222 Out from playoffs
2007-08 Philippine Cup 10th 3 15 .167 Out from playoffs
Fiesta Conference 10th 4 14 .222 Out from playoffs
Rain or Shine Elasto Painters
2008-09 Philippine Cup 4th 10 8 .556 Quarterfinals Sta. Lucia 2, Rain or Shine 0
Fiesta Conference To be held.
Elimination round 24 66 .267 1 playoff appearance
Playoffs 0 2 .000 0 championships

Players of note

PBA's 25th anniversary all-time team

Other notable players

Includes people that played for the Welcoat franchise in the PBL.

  • Eugene Tan
  • Don Allado
  • Yancy De Ocampo
  • Ren Ren Ritualo
  • James Yap
  • Ronald Tubid
  • Rommel Adducul
  • Marc Pingris
  • Calijohn Orfrecio
  • Celino Cruz
  • Jojo Manalo
  • JR Reyes
  • Christian Guevarra
  • Ronjay Enrile
  • Gilbert Malabanan
  • Marvin Ortiguerra
  • Mac Cuan
  • Caloy Garcia
  • Derrick Canlas
  • Dino Aldeguer
  • Anton Villoria
  • Allen Patrimonio
  • Ryan Dy
  • Marc Almonte
  • Paul Artadi

PBL Championships

  • 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. Montana 3-1)

External links


Preceded by
Shell Turbo Chargers
PBA teams genealogies
Succeeded by