MANILA – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao said the Elasto Painters will push the pace against San Mig Coffee in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals since the Mixers are still exhausted from their seven-game series against Ginebra.
The Elasto Painters wrapped up their own semi-finals match-up against Petron in just five games and had to wait as San Mig and Ginebra duked it out for the other Finals slot.
The Coffee Mixers eventually prevailed, routing Ginebra 110-87 in Game 7 on Wednesday night.
“We’ll try to push the pace and take advantage of the long break that we had,” Guiao said in an interview with Ronnie Nathanielsz. “We are fresh, we are excited to play, so we want to release that excitement by playing with a lot of energy.”
“We feel that San Mig Coffee is going to be a little tired, but they still have adrenaline flowing in their veins,” added Guiao. “That’s an advantage we can exploit. We’ll push the pace, just like we did against Petron.”
Rain or Shine outplayed the powerhouse Petron in just five games, but Guiao pointed out that San Mig is “a totally different animal.”
“They don’t have the weakness that Petron had, but they also don’t have the advantage of having guys like JunMar Fajardo or Arwind Santos, he said.
In any case, Guiao said they will rely on their “underrated” defense to limit a potent San Mig Coffee offense that hung 110 points on 60% shooting from the field against Ginebra in Game 7.
“People see our offense, our fast game, the way we move the ball around, but the reason we are here is because we defended well,” he said. “If you notice, we have no weak link in defense. Every single guy in the team can play defense.”