Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said they are perfectly capable of winning the PBA Philippine Cup title despite still needing two more victories against San Mig Coffee.
But the Elasto Painters must believe in themselves.
“I told the boys we can’t lose that sense of destiny. Even if we’re behind, it’s not over. We have to believe in ourselves and stay positive. A win like this can turn around the complexion of the series,” the Rain or Shine coach said in the PBA website following their Game 5, 81-74, win against San Mig Coffee.
It was a crucial win for the Elasto Painters, who were playing catch up against the Mixers with a 1-3 series deficit going into Game 5.
Guiao said they will now have to sustain the momentum of their Game 5 win to become successful in Games 6 and 7.
San Mig Coffee looked poised to close out the series when it took a 43-35 half time lead over Rain or Shine.
But Jeff Chan waxed hot from beyond the three point line, firing 23 of his 24 points in the second half. The E-painters also received added boost from Baeu Belga and Chris Tiu, who tallied 10 and nine points respectively.
“The guys really wanted to win. We got our shots going especially in the fourth quarter,” said Guiao.
The Rain or Shine mentor said if they can consistently keep San Mig Coffee from winning, then they will get the crown.
“We’ll try to delay or postpone the celebration of San Mig. If we can delay it enough, it can be our celebration,” Guiao said.