RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao rued his team’s lack of local production that spelled the difference in their 82-75 loss to San Miguel Beer in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Saturday night.
The champion coach refused to pin the blame on new import Josh Dollard, saying it was star guards Jeff Chan and Paul Lee who failed to live up to expectations.
Lee was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting, along with three assists and three boards in 20 minutes as a starter, while Chan was held scoreless after missing all his three shots, and committed three turnovers in 18 minutes off the bench.
“Today, we needed a little bit more firepower from the locals,” Guiao said. “We missed those two guys (Lee, Chan). We’re not looking for them to score twenty points, but if they had just made six or eight points each, which is normal for them, we could’ve had a different result.”
“We can’t blame the import for the loss,” he added of Dollard, who registered 18 points, nine boards, six assists, one block, and one steal against six turnovers in 35 minutes off the bench.
“For a guy who’s not in game-shape, it’s a very decent performance, so we feel that he can play better on Friday,” Guiao continued of Dollard, who’s the team's fourth import this conference, replacing Jason Forte.
Jewel Ponferrada turned out to be the leading local scorer with 12 points, while Jericho Cruz and JR Quinahan added 10 points apiece.
“I guess the locals will have to take responsibility because we didn’t produce the minimum (from Lee, Chan),” Guiao reiterated.
By suffering their second straight loss and sixth overall in 10 games, the E-Painters moved on the brink of getting eliminated for the first time in 13 conferences.
“We’re not giving it up until the last bus is full,” Guiao said. “We’re trying to catch the last bus, but it’s getting more difficult.”
“But I feel that since our next game is Friday, we have a few more days to blend in the import,” he added.