MANILA, Philippines – The Alaska Aces and the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters will break a 1-1 deadlock in their PBA Governors Cup semi-finals match-up when they face off in Game 3 of the best-of-five series Tuesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.
Alaska drew first blood in the series, 97-93, but Rain or Shine equalized in a physical Game 2, 99-87.
Game 3 is expected to be another physical encounter, and Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is hoping that his players will show the same intensity that allowed them to win Game 2.
“We wanted it more than they did, and we hope to sustain our desire,” said Guiao.
The E-Painters took Game 2 thanks to a brilliant effort from import Arizona Reid and solid contributions from their locals, who more than made up for the absence of injured swingman Gabe Norwood.
“Everybody just stepped up for Gabe,” said Guiao. “We’re trying to buy some time for Gabe to get well. It gives us the confidence to beat Alaska in his absence with everybody making a contribution.”
Alaska saw their six-game winning streak snapped and head coach Alex Compton said his players must regain the drive that powered them in Game 1 if they are to take a 2-1 lead in the series.
“We showed greater determination in Game 1. We must find that urge and courage if we’re to beat Rain or Shine again,” said Compton.
Game time is at 8 p.m.