MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine is expecting a rough-and-tumble game against Petron Blaze when they meet again on Saturday for Game 3 of their race-to-4 PBA Philippine Cup semis series.
The Elasto Painters’ Jeffrei Chan and Jeric Teng believe that the Boosters will be coming back strong amid a 0-2 series deficit.
Chan said they nearly got beat in Game 2, when Petron Blaze played a dominant game in the first three quarters.
But Rain or Shine were able to turn its fortunes around in the payoff period to complete a 103-94 win.
“Actually nung Game 2 maganda ang start nila, physical sila sa amin,” Chan told ABS-CBNnews.com. “Mas mararamdaman namin yan lalo in Game 3.”
He said they will need to focus so as not to get bothered by the Boosters’ physicality.
“Kelangan naming maging matyaga at magfocus lang sa game at wag masira ang laro dahil sa physical play,” he said.
Teng echoed Chan’s sentiments.
He said he understands that the intensity level in the semifinals went to a whole new level compared to the eliminations.
All they could do, he said, is to be prepared.
“We have to have the same physicality talaga. We know semifinals na ‘yan and very physical ‘yung game,” said Teng, son of former PBA star Alvin Teng. “We just have to be prepared in Game 3 dahil alam namin na Petron will come very physical kasi we're 2-0."
Chan said what they need to really watch out is Petron’s ability to mount huge runs. In Game 2, Rain or Shine had to overcome a 16-point deficit before completing a come-from-behind win.
To do this, the Elasto Painters will have to step on the gas and take the lead.
“Kami ang dapat maginitiate, mauna kami sa run. Mahirap kasi yung 16 down, ayaw naming mangyari ulit yun,’ said Chan.
“As much as possible gusto namin kami ang nauuna or at least dikit lang, kasi honestly nakakapagod makahabol.”