YENG Guiao’s confidence in his Rain or Shine team has not been diminished in any way by a humiliating 73-106 massacre at the hands of Petron in Saturday night’s Game Three of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.
Guiao felt the Elasto Painters have overachieved in the best-of-seven series after winning the first two games. Now, they will simply try to make some adjustments especially on offense when they shoot for a 3-1 lead in Monday’s Game Four at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Game time is 8 p.m.
“The advantage in the series is we have a two-win advantage. We have the luxury of watching the tape, studying and evaluating the game before making adjustments and not trying to catch up,” said Guiao in the eve of the crucial game.
“Lamang ka pa rin, pero nagkaroon ka ng chance na mag-adjust.”
The Elasto Painters trailed from start to finish in Game Three as the Boosters peppered them with 10 three-point conversions led by reigning MVP Arwind Santos, who fired 22 points, spiked by three triples to go along with 18 monster rebounds.
Petron also played outstanding defense all throughout the game, forcing Rain or Shine to 24 turnovers, which the Boosters converted to 33 points.
“We were not as active and aggressive as we were in our first two games, so we didn’t have the energy that won us the first two games in the series,” explained the fiery Guiao, who was ejected late in the third period of Game Three for a second technical foul.
Petron coach Gee Abanilla said the 33-point victory by Petron gives the team the much-needed confidence to compete against a rugged Elasto Painters side.
“Definitely, it’s (Game Three win) gonna be a big lift for us because we finally got our first win. So coming to Game Four, we‘ll have more confidence,” he said.
Abanilla said sophomore center June Mar Fajardo’s ability to adjust himself in the highly-physical nature of the series augurs well for the Boosters.
“June Mar understands that this is basketball. We’re not complaining (with the physicality). It’s just a matter of managing our emotions,” explained the soft-spoken Petron mentor, who used to be Guiao’s deputy when the two were still with Red Bull.
“I think towards the end (of Game Three), he got some taste of physicality from the big guys (of Rain or Shine), but we just want to play the way we play it. We don’t want to turn it into something outrageous,” he added.
“Ultimately, we just love the game and we want to play the way we play the game.”