RAIN or Shine – more so coach Yeng Guiao – is looking forward of making up for a disappointing campaign it had in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.
What more with its first and sole league championship at stake next in the season-ending Governors Cup.
Team co-owner Raymund Yu believes that with fire in his eyes, Guiao will be back with a bang especially with the Elasto Painters bidding for a first back-to-back league championship in franchise history.
“Kilala naman natin si coach (Yeng), hahanap ng paraan yan. Babawi yan,” said Yu, one-half of the dynamic Rain or Shine partnership he shares with co-owner Terry Que.
For a while, expectations were high for the Elasto Painters during the mid-season conference especially after they finished as the second seeded team going into the playoffs.
But in the quarterfinals, they were ambushed by Barangay Ginebra as the Kings negated Rain or Shine’s twice-to-beat advantage to eliminate Guiao and his boys.
The sad ending to the Elasto Painters’ title bid came a few months after they were swept by the Talk `N Text Tropang Texters in the Finals of the Philippine Cup.
But all the frustrations seems to be behind them now.
“Sabi nga niya (Guiao), excited siya to defend the Governors’ Cup. At least, we are thrilled to see a reinvigorated Yeng Guiao,” Yu said of his brilliant but outspoken coach, who just recently won a seat in Congress representing the first district of Pampanga.
Yu doesn’t even see the new role of Guiao as Congressman as a hindrance to the team’s title-retention bid.
The coach admitted that unlike when he was Pampanga vice-governor, the prospect of him missing more games of Rain or Shine may be frequent this time since as lawmaker, Guiao’s presence especially on important committee hearings at the Lower House may be required.
Congress convenes its regular sessions from Monday to Wednesday.
“May ma-miss talaga ako, pero hindi naman siguro madalas na magkakaroon kami ng (Wednesday) schedule,” Guiao once shared to Spin.ph at the height of his campaign sortie.
Yu still doesn’t see any problem with that.
“Ready na kami for that. I’m sure nag-usap na sila coach Yeng at coach Caloy (Garcia) regarding that,” said the amiable team owner. “Caloy can take over. He was our coach before, remember?”
And despite his expected busy schedule now that he’s a lawmaker, Yu still believes Guiao remains as the best man to steer the franchise to more championships.
“Biro mo in such a short time, ang dami namin na-achieve with coach Yeng,” stressed Yu of the Rain or Shine coach who first came on board in 2011 and consistently led the franchise into the playoffs, highlighted by the team’s breakthrough championship last year.
“I am confident coach Yeng can give us more titles. Tapos bata pa `yung team namin at healthy,” added Yu, whose partnership with Que at Welcoat produced a dynasty in the defunct Philippine Basketball League.