San Mig's Marc Pingris defends Rain or Shine's Paul Lee. -- Photo by Mark Cristino for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine head coach Yeng Guiao firmly believes that the Elasto Painters are the hungrier team in the PBA Governors Cup finals, pointing out that their opponents, the San Mig Coffee Mixers, have already won three consecutive titles.
Rain or Shine advanced to the finals after outlasting the Alaska Aces in a hard-fought five-game semi-final series, while the Mixers also survived a five-game war of their own against the Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters.
"In terms of hunger and desire, we probably want it more, we desire it more," Guiao said, as quoted by PBA.ph, during a press conference Monday. [http://pba.inquirer.net/47265/grand-slam-talkin]
"They have achieved a lot already," Guiao said. "Kumbaga sa halo-halo, ito lang ang ice cream sa ibabaw para sa kanila, para lang maging special."
"Sa amin, wala pang halo-halo. Yelo pa lang."
Rain or Shine had won its first title in the history of the franchise at San Mig's expense, in the 2012 PBA Governors Cup. But the E-Painters have not won a title since, while the Mixers are on a run of three straight crowns and are seeking a Grand Slam.
Guiao said that he expects a difficult series against San Mig considering their level of play.
"The way San Mig is playing right now, they're playing hard, so it's hard to take it away from them," said the fiery head coach.
"There's really no pressure on them," Guiao added. "It is more on us, trying to follow up on the championship we won in 2012."
The PBA Governors Cup Finals starts Tuesday at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Game time is at 8 p.m.