MANILA, Philippines – The Petron Blaze Boosters are looking to knot their best-of-seven semi-finals series at two games apiece when they face off against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup match-up Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.
Petron finally nailed a win against Rain or Shine in Game 3, routing the Elasto Painters 106-73 in a contest that also saw RoS coach Yeng Guiao get thrown out of the game.
“We played well in the second game, but we didn’t finish it off. This win (in Game 3) is a big lift for us,” said Petron coach Gee Abanilla in PBA.ph. “Coming into Game 4, we’ll have more confidence.”
“We really have to be mentally and physically prepared against this team, and at the same time, we’ve got to be mentally and physically tough also,” he added.
Petron was thus able to snap Rain or Shine’s 10-game winning streak, the longest in franchise history. Yet Guiao drew comfort from the fact that they still have a one-game lead over the Blaze Boosters in the series.
“It’s still okay,” said the fiery head coach. “We’re still ahead in the series. We’re looking at things positively.”
Guiao said lack of energy in Game 3 was the downfall of the Elasto Painters, who committed 24 turnovers and failed to hit even their open shots.
“We were not active and aggressive as we were in our first two games,” he said. “We didn’t have the energy that won us the first two games.”
“We played our worst game turnover-wise. I think, 24 turnovers, that doubled our average of turnovers and that’s where they got their points,” he added.
“They got 33 turnover points, exactly their lead in the game. We beat ourselves in terms of turnovers that we gave up.”
Game time is at 8 p.m.