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    Asi Taulava: 'Experience in Alaska's favor, but RoS has a stubborn, great mind in Guiao'

    May 18, 2016
    Veteran slotman Asi Taulava weighs in on the ongoing PBA Finals. Jaime Campos

    EXPERIENCE will go a long way for Alaska, so says veteran big man Asi Taulava.

    As for Rain or Shine, Game Six of the PBA Commissioner's Cup finals is the perfect time to wrap up the best-of-seven championship series, or else, added the evergreen NLEX big man.

    "Oh man, the way things are going now, the pressure is on them (Rain or Shine)," said the 43-year-old center. "Alaska has been there. They've lost a 3-0 lead against San Miguel, so they know the feeling."

    "What's working for them is that they've been in that series. So they (Aces) believe if San Miguel can do it, why not us."

    Game Six is set on Wednesday and Taulava knows the dilemma Rain or Shine faces in trying to closing out a series.

    When you try to close out and win a series, that's the hardest thing to do in basketball," stressed the former league MVP. "Try to win four. The first three wins is easy, you kinda play relaxed."

    What's going for the Elasto Painters though is the presence of coach Yeng Guiao, according to Taulava.

    "They have a stubborn, great mind in Yeng Guiao," said Taulava, who played for Guiao in the Powerade-Philippine team to the 2009 FIBA-Asia men's championship in Tianjin, China.

    "If there's someone who can convince these guys they can close out a series, it's coach Yeng," Taulava stressed. "His mentality as a coach, as a motivator, I think he can push all the right buttons."

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