Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao would like to end it all in Game 4 of their race-to-three semifinals with San Miguel on Sunday before the Beermen could gain ground at the PBA Commissioner's Cup.
The Elasto Painters had the chance to sweep the Beermen in Game 3 last Thursday, but import-less San Miguel did the unthinkable and extended the series, 1-2.
“We have to find a way to counter their zone defense,” the PBA website quoted Guiao as saying. “It becomes more difficult the more you postpone it, so pahirap ng pahirap yan hanggang sa hindi mo na maiko-close yan pag hindi mo matapos agad.”
“We just postponed our trip to the Finals,” he confidently said following San Miguel win in Game 3.
“My feeling is we’ll get there only in a longer while. We still feel positive of our chances. Parang may twice-to-beat advantage pa rin kami.”
Meanwhile, Beermen coach Leo Austria is banking on the return of Arizona Reid, who will be taking over the post left by Tyler Wilkerson.
Austria was forced to cut their ties with Wilkerson because of the latter’s attitude problems. He decided to bring in Reid at the last minute.
“I think he’s the best available player right now,” said Austria.
“Kung kukuha kami ng player na di namin kilala, there’s a lot of adjustment regarding our plays. Nanalo kami ng all-Filipino, and I think we have a good chance especially our import is AZ na familiar sa ginagawa namin,” he said.
For his part, Reid admitted he's not in 100 percent playing shape.
“I’m not the AZ that you saw against Alaska in the Governors’ Cup,” he said. “No training camp, no practice, but I’m not making excuses and I’m right here. I will try to do what I do, and hopefully, come out with this win in Game 4. I will give what I have.”
Adding to his problems is the long flight he took to arrive in the Philippines in time for Game 4.
“I was on the plane for 21 hours straight, with a total travel of 25 hours. It was very tiring.”
“From Florida, that’s five hours to New York, then we had a stopover in Vancouver and we had to stay on the plane for two hours and wait for people to come, and eventually, 13 hours and 27 minutes from Vancouver to Manila,” Reid said.
If Rain or Shine wins on Sunday, it will make its march to the Commissioner's Cup Finals. If not, then the Elasto Painters will have to battle the Beermen one more time.
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