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    As top teams reinforce lineups, Alaska and Rain or Shine rule out movements ahead of trade deadline

    Dec 9, 2014

    TOP teams either reinforced their lineups or are looking to do so, but independent teams Alaska and Rain or Shine would rather keep their teams intact.

    Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao ruled out any movements ahead of Wednesday's trade deadline, saying his undersized team is close to being back to full strength and peaking at the right time.

    "Kahit kulang pa rin kami sa isang big man, okay na kami.  Hindi na kami gagalaw, hahayaan na lang namin sila," said Guiao, referring to the Purefoods move to bolster its frontline with veteran Mick Pennisi.

    "Pagpapahingahin ko na lang players ko. Maganda naman nilalaro nila buong team hindi lang mangilan ngilan." 

    Alaska mentor Alex Compton said he's putting premium on chemistry, the reason he is resisting making changes to a team that has sputtered near the end of the eliminations after a sizzling start to the season.

    "Wala na kaming movement. We're not beating that (trade) deadline tomorrow. I didn't even think about it," said Compton ahead of the PBA deadline for player movements set at 12 noon on Wednesday.

    Although the Aces lost a shot at an outright semifinal berth after two straight losses at the end of the eliminations, Compton expressed full confidence in his present lineup. 

    "Hindi ko alam kung ano ang perception ng ibang tao ...  Pero ako, I really like our guys and the way they are playing. Kahit talo kami sa huling dalawang laro namin,  I still believe our guys are playing well. Wala akong masasabi sa players ko. Correctable naman yung flaws so far," added the former MBA star guard. 

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    Both Compton and Guiao agree that too much movement will hurt team chemistry.

    "Sa tingin ko kung galaw ka nang galaw all the time, mahirap na makuha 'yung sistema," said Compton, who implemented a new hybrid offense to reinforce the Aces' triangle system. 

    "I put premium on chemistry and cohesion eh. Kung mapapansin mo, halos lahat ng ginagawa namin bago eh. It takes a while to adjust and learn kung paano ang dapat. We're just trying to get better," added the Alaska mentor. 

    [See San Miguel Beer eyeing Miranda, Pena in trades in time for playoffs]

    Guiao believes one of the secrets of Rain or Shine's success is the close relationships among the players, coaches, officials and staff.

    "Sa amin kasi pamilya ang turingan ng bawat isa. Hangga't maari, gusto namin pagtibayin ang relasyon ng isa't isa," said Guiao, whose team has welcomed back Jervy Cruz, Chris Tiu and Jeff Chan from injury layoffs. 

    Guiao, in fact, said the players are so close that the whole team started playing well after he threatened to trade players following a poor start to the season.

    "Ayaw kong galawin ang lineup ko at bago kami nagka-winning streak, naisulat niyo na rin naman dati 'yun na sinabihan ko sila na, 'Kung di tayo magsa-succeed at hindi mag-i-improve ang ating laro, eh pwede namang buwagin ang team na ito.'

    "Siguro dun pumickup ang laro nila dahil gusto pa nilang magkakasama," he added. 

    Asked about the constant movements of the other teams, Guiao said he'd rather maintain the harmony among the players.

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    "Hindi ko na iintindihin ang ginagawa nila. Ang akin na lang, palakasin ang team namin sa sarili namin. Ihanda ang team ko," he said. "Siguro sila, feeling nila mahina pa rin sila kailangan pa rin nilang magdagdag."

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