MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine will have to press their attack against San Mig Coffee if the Elasto Painters want to snuff out the Coffee Mixers' Grand Slam aspirations in their do-or-die Game 5 in the PBA Governors' Cup finals on Wednesday.
The Elasto Painters gave the Coffee Mixers an 88-79 beating in Game 4 last Monday to tie their series, 2-2. Now, it all comes down to Game 5.
If San Mig takes Game 5, they will complete the 5th grand slam in the 39 years of the league.
“Kailangan namin i-out-hustle sila… kelangan kick off pa lang, warm up palang ‘yung energy namin mataas na, ipakita na kaya namin silang talunin,” Rain or Shine’s Jeffrei Chan said in an interview with ABS-CBNnews.com.
“Ayaw namin na sila yung mag-first punch. Dapat kami.”
Elasto Painters coach Yeng Guiao said the hungrier team will take home the championship.
“The winner in this series is the team that will play harder,” Guiao said in the league's official website. “We played with tremendous intensity and energy to win Game 4. But it’s very difficult to maintain and sustain that in the schedule of the tournament and in the level of game that we’re playing.”
“That’s been the story of this series. We had a 17-point lead in Game 1 but they fought back with great intensity and energy to pull off a come-from-behind win. Then we fought with greater energy and intensity in Game 2. They did in Game 3 and we did tonight (Game 4),” he added.
San Mig coach Tim Cone admitted that some of his players may have been affected by the idea of winning a grand slam as shown by their performance in Game 4.
“We’re playing with pressure and some of our guys are playing hero basketball. Some of our guys are playing more than they should,” said Cone, a 17-time PBA champion coach.
“We felt there’s more pressure on us than them as we’re trying to close it out and do something special.”