MANILA, Philippines – Despite being down three games-to-one against San Mig Coffee, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is not about to throw in the towel in their best-of-seven PBA Philippine Cup finals duel.
Guiao believes that if the Mixers can win three straight games in the series, so can his E-Painters.
"It’s a tough loss," said the mercurial coach in the league’s official website, referring to Rain or Shine’s Game 4 loss to San Mig Coffee. "But we’re not giving up. We’ll come back Sunday. We’ll try to get back into this series."
With their backs on the wall, the E-Painters will have to fire all cylinders when they meet the Mixers in Game 5.
They nearly stole Game 4 from San Mig Coffee, but Paul Lee missed a potential game winner in the dying seconds of that match.
Marc Pingris’ possible absence in Game 5 could play to Rain or Shine’s advantage. The defensive ace was forced out of Game 4 after being accidentally poked in the right eye by E-Painter JR Quinahan.
Pingris told Spin.ph that he’s having a hard time keeping his eye open despite timely treatment.
"May dugo yung mata ko. Nasugatan. Masakit na rin kasi yung kaliwa. Nairita na rin. ‘Di ko kaya dumilat," he said.
San Mig coach Tim Cone, who is after a record breaking 16th title win, said they were fortunate to have compiled three wins against Rain or Shine.
"We won the battle, but we hope we didn’t lose the war with Ping," said Cone.