Talk 'N Text's KG Canaleta (9) and Nonoy Baclao (7) challenge Rain or Shine's Wayne Chism (14) in this April 9, 2014 file photo. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao continues to support struggling import Wayne Chism, believing the reinforcement's defensive presence is enough to make up for his lack of scoring.
Chism made only two of his 12 field goal attempts and scored only six points in Rain or Shine’s 87-82 win against Air21 Monday at the Araneta Coliseum.
He came up with a huge defensive play, however, deflecting an inbound pass meant for Air21 import Wesley Witherspoon to help protect their lead.
“Our import’s defensive presence is enough to lift us,” Guiao told PBA.ph as the Elasto Painters hiked their record to 4-4, tied with Meralco in the sixth spot.
Chism struggled offensively due in part to foul trouble, and was fielded back in the game with less than five minutes left.
But Guiao stressed that they do not need their import to come up with huge numbers offensively.
“He’s a lot better in practice, and it gives us hope. I don’t think this is the way he plays. He’s a defensive-minded player,” Guiao said of Chism.
“Our only requirement of his is being able to rebound (and) give us his defensive presence in the middle,” he added.
The Rain or Shine locals did the heavy lifting on offense, with Jervy Cruz scoring 13 and Paul Lee adding 12, including insurance free throws with 24 seconds to go.