MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao expects a close match against defending champions San Mig Coffee in their best-of-five PBA Governor’s Cup finals series.
Guiao said the match up is so even that it will take all five games to determine the champion.
“The series is going to be won in Game Five,” the mercurial Elasto Painters coach said in the leauge’s official website. “Yung semis, I think they went through two overtimes doon sa series na 'yun. Kami naman, we went to one overtime. Baka iko-combine mo 'yun sa Finals series magiging tatlong overtime. Ganun ka-close ko nakikita 'yung Finals series.”
But Rain or Shine will be coming in as the underdogs, he said, as San Mig Coffee has won three titles in the last three conferences.
If the Coffee Mixers successfully defend their Governors’ Cup title, they will get the elusive Grand Slam, which was last won 18 years ago.
Guiao added that San Mig Coffee will be playing minus the pressure.
“There should not be any pressure on them because they already played a great year. This is just the icing on the cake,” said Guiao. “That should actually make them a little bit more relaxed in terms of dealing with the pressure.”
“Mas gigil nga kami kasi wala pa kaming championship this year. So dapat mas relaxed sila kaysa sa amin,” he added.
Health won’t be an issue for both teams, he added.
“Kung five-game series siya, I think neither team has the advantage or disadvantage. We’re both relatively healthy. Sa amin, ang wala lang si JR Quinahan. Sa kanila naman they’re all healthy. So, it’s almost even in terms of games played,” said Guiao.