Guiao hopes to redeem himself against Air21
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao is seeking personal redemption when the Elasto Painters take on the Air21 Express in the quarter-finals of the PBA Governors Cup.
Guiao was absent for his team's first game against Air21 last May 20, which they lost, 96-103, and he wants to make up for his absence.
"What makes it a bit more interesting, for me personally, was we played Air21 in our first game when I was out of the country," he noted in a PBA.ph report. "I really wanted to coach, but this is my chance to redeem myself, in terms of being able to help my team this time around, playing against Air21."
The E-Painters will have a twice-to-beat advantage against the Express, but Guiao warned that Air21 "is going to be a handful for us."
"They're playing their best conference so far, and the best two conferences including the last one," he noted.
Guiao admitted that Air21 is a match-up nightmare for them.
"We have problems with big teams… We're a small team, and we have a small import, so Asi (Taulava) will be a problem, and their import, (Dominique) Sutton will be a problem," said the coach.
"All we can do is to contain their big men with our undersized big men. We'll have to work hard on denying them touches at the low post. There's very little we can do once they get the ball inside," he added.
"What we don't want to happen is Asi and their big men getting the ball close to the basket. That's the first order of the day for us."
Guiao and the E-Painters sealed a match-up against Air21 by beating the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers, 95-94, in their last game of the eliminations. Import Arizona Reid fired the game-winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left to lift Rain or Shine.