MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao believes the Elasto Painters can stop San Mig Coffee's chance at a Grand Slam in the finals of the PBA Governors Cup, but this is not his primary concern heading into Game 1 on Tuesday.
The Elasto Painters clinched a date with the Coffee Mixers by outlasting Alaska, 97-94, in Game 5 of their semi-finals series Saturday night. Their meeting will be a rematch of the 2013 Governors Cup finals, when Rain or Shine beat San Mig Coffee – then playing as B-Meg – in seven games.
"We're in the finals, probably because of our destiny," Guiao said.
Now, Guiao and the rest of the E-Painters have a chance to deny Tim Cone and the Coffee Mixers a shot at a fourth consecutive title and a Grand Slam.
This is not Guiao's priority, however.
"We’'re not trying to stop the history of San Mig," said the fiery head coach, as quoted by the FIBA Asia website. "That's not the purpose of the finals."
"We just want to make our own history," he stressed.
The E-Painters benefited from some lucky breaks in their semi-finals series against Alaska, including a ghastly slip by Aces point guard JV Casio late in Game 4, which not only helped Rain or Shine win that game, but took Casio out of commission for Game 5 as well.
"It's nice to be good, but it's always better to get lucky," Guiao acknowledged.
Game 1 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals is on July 1 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.