Rain or Shine's Arizona Reid drives to the basket. Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters have made a habit of advancing to the semi-finals in the PBA, having made the last four in eight of the last conferences.
They continued this trend in the 2014 Governors Cup, beating Air21, 111-90, Wednesday night to seal a semis showdown against the Alaska Aces.
But RoS guard Paul Lee is hoping that his team can make it past the semi-finals this time.
"Siguro, naging habit na rin namin na nasa semis. Pero sana this time, malagpasan na namin 'yung semis," Lee said, as quoted by PBA.ph. [http://pba.inquirer.net/46848/hungry-for-more]
A big motivation for the Elasto Painters is hard-working import Arizona Reid.
"Third time na ni AZ sa team," Lee noted. "Last time na dumating siya dito sa amin, pagdating ng semis, injured na ‘yung mga players namin eh. Plus, kararating lang noon ni Gabe (Norwood) and Jeff (Chan) galing sa Gilas, so pagod na pagod na talaga 'yung utak nila."
"Ngayon, sa tingin ko, mas maganda 'yung laban namin sa semi-finals kasi nakapag-pahinga kami lahat, at healthy kaming lahat," he added.
The E-Painters have momentum on their side, having won six consecutive games after a flat start to the conference. And they are playing as well as any team in the league.
Lee said the credit goes to their defense, which has been their primary focus.
"Ilang games na namin na-limit 'yung kalaban namin sa mababang points lang, kaya sana, magtuloy-tuloy ‘yung ganoong intensity namin," he said. "Kasi kapag dumepensa kami, ang dali ng offense."