Rain or Shine’s Guiao gracious in defeat
MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao admits that his rival, Tim Cone of PBA Governors' Cup Champion San Mig Coffee, did something special on Wednesday night.
Not only did Cone steer the Coffee Mixers to a Grand Slam win, but he also became the only PBA coach who achieved two Grand Slams in the league.
“His place in history is now well entrenched,” said Guiao in the league’s official website.
“He’s going to be a future Hall-of-Famer. He’s going to be unique in the respect that I don’t think any other coach can still get two grand slams with the way the competition has developed,” he added.
The recent Governors’ Cup title series marked the second time Rain or Shine and San Mig Coffee clashed in the Finals during the 39th PBA season. The first was when the Elasto Painters had to contend against the Coffee Mixers in the Philippine Cup.
Rain or Shine lost in that series, 4 games to 2.
Guiao was hoping they could get back at Cone and the San Mig Coffee team this time, but the Coffee Mixers were simply fated to take the Grand Slam.
“We gave it our best. We were one three-point shot short and we could have gotten it to overtime but it’s (Governors’ Cup) not just for us, it’s really for them (Mixers),” he said in Spin.ph.
“I don’t think there’s anything to be ashamed of. We’re proud of what we accomplished,” said the proud Rain or Shine coach despite their loss.