Rain or Shine, Powerade look to make franchise history


Posted at Jan 18 2012 01:15 PM | Updated as of Jan 18 2012 09:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and the Powerade Tigers are both aiming to make franchise history when they engage in Game 7 of their PBA Philippine Cup semi-finals match-up Wednesday night at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Elasto Painters are aiming to book their first ever appearance in the PBA Finals, while the Tigers look to return to the grand stage for the first time since 2004, according to PBA.ph.

Powerade actually had a chance to earn the first Finals berth in Game 6 last Sunday, but the Elasto Painters trounced them, 112-98, to tie the series at 3-all and force a do-or-die Game 7.

"Whatever it is we haven't done, we have to do it on Wednesday," Powerade head coach Bo Perasol said.

Perasol is hoping that his Big 3 of Gary David, Marcio Lassiter, and JV Casio can continue to carry the squad, while at the same time calling for the Tigers' role players to step up.

"Nag-deliver naman iyung tatlo (David, Lassiter, and Casio), pero hindi ang kanilang supporting cast. The likes of (Celino) Cruz, (Joshua) Vanlandingham, even (Doug) Kramer, most were absent," Perasol said.

"That's why I kept reminding them na it's got to be an effort by the whole team, not just by two or three players," he added.

Sustain pressure

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, for his part, said they will continue to pressure Powerade's main scorers the way they did in Game 6.

"Going into Wednesday's game, we'll be fresher than they are. Tatlo lang ang naglalaro sa kabila," he said, referring to Lassiter, David and Casio. "Mauubos din 'yung mga iyon."

"As long as we continue to put the pressure on them offensively and defensively, at some point they'll get tired," Guiao added.

Guiao said his squad will continue to move the ball and go for the rebounds. "If we are able to keep the energy up... force their main scorers to play defense as well and make them work for their shots, then our chances will be good," he added.