FIVE games into the PBA Governors Cup eliminations, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao admitted the team has yet to reach its peak form.
“Ngayon, nag-i-struggle pa rin kami. We haven’t reached our peak performance. Pahirapan talaga every game sa amin,” he said.
But the Elasto Painters hope they have turned the corner after the 96-93 win over Barako Bull, hoping to keep the streak going against the skidding Alaska Aces in their 8 p.m. encounter at the Philsports Arena.
Import Arizona Reid displayed his old deadly form in the win over the Energy, scoring a personal conference-high 34 points to go with 13 rebounds, and five assists.
But Guiao cautioned the Elasto Painters are not over the hump yet.
“We can’t be ambitious (at this time),” said Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. “If we can be at the 50 percent mark (winning percentage), then we can be a little bit more optimistic. Then, see how the teams are in the standings and try to win every game after that.”
Rain or Shine is tied with Alaska at 2-3. The Aces have lost their last two games since Alex Compton won his coaching debut more than a week ago against Talk ‘N Text.
Alaska is coming off a tough 88-91 decision to Air21 before absorbing an 88-87 heartbreaking defeat to Meralco just last Sunday.
The 41-year-old Compton said Rain or Shine posts a difficult challenge to the team’s defense because of its ability to spread the floor well due to its armada of shooters.
Guards like Jeff Chan, Paul Lee, Chris Tiu, and even big men like Beau Belga, Larry Rodriguez, and Jervy Cruz are capable of hitting shots from the perimeter.
“They (Elasto Painters) are a dangerous team. They spread the floor well so for us, it’s really about defense and adjusting on the fly during the game,” he added.