MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao made no secret of the fact that Barako Bull import Joshua Dollard will be the “focal point” of his team’s defense when the Elasto Painters play the Energy Sunday afternoon at the Araneta Coliseum.
Dollard, the smallest import at 6-foot-5, made a splash in his debut for Barako Bull with a 45-point, 18-rebound performance in a 104-108 loss to Ginebra last Friday.
“Their import will be the focal point of our defense,” Guiao said in the league website. “He’s not just a scorer, but efficient as well, as evidenced by his high shooting percentage.”
Dollard shot 23 of 37 from the field.
Going up against Dollard is RoS import Alexander McLean, who was measured at a shade under 6-foot-7. Guiao has said that McLean is the “right fit” for the Elasto Painters.
“May tira sa labas, may katawan, nakaka-poste at masipag,” said the coach of McLean.
Even so, Guiao remains concerned as his team is coming off a draining best-of-six series against the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers in the Philippine Cup finals.
“We are not fully recovered, and we haven’t played with our import outside of practice,” he admitted. “We might struggle a bit at the start, but I think we can grind out a win.”
While Rain or Shine is making its Commissioner’s Cup debut, Barako Bull is out to rebound from a disappointing overtime loss to Ginebra last Friday that saw them lose a five-point lead in the last 75 seconds of overtime.
Game time is at 3 p.m.