DESPITE down 0-2 in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao is not losing hope against the mighty defending champion Talk `N Text.
And for his team to finally stoke some fire in its campaign in the title series, Guiao said the Elasto Painters will have to regain their shooting confidence first from the perimeter.
“We’re still struggling with our shooting percentage much like in Game One. Our shooting rhythm isn’t going … We just need to gain back our confidence with our shots,” Guiao said after emerging from the gloomy Rain or Shine dugout at the MOA Arena following Rain or Shine’s 81-89 loss in Game Two on Friday night.
"When we take our shots, it’s like we don’t believe our shots will fall," he added.
The game saw Rain or Shine suffer another cold spell from the field, finishing with just 35.5 percent shooting as Guiao’s main gunners Paul Lee and Jeff Chan again fired blanks most of the time.
Lee finished with 15 points, but was 0-of-4 from beyond the three-point arc and 4-of-12 overall from the field.
Chan, the team’s scoring leader, wound up with just nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.
Nevertheless, Guiao said they are not throwing in the towel at this point.
“We’re not losing any hope, 0-2 is still manageable. I think we need to get back and win it on Sunday. Otherwise, it’s almost lights out for us,” he said.
“It’s important for us to get back on Sunday. We’re not going to give up the series just like that. We need to make some adjustments, just minor adjustments. It’s just that aside from that, if we’re able to get back on Sunday, we still have a nice series going on.”