WITH A big momentum swing after a confidence-building victory, Rain or Shine tries to seize a the lead when it clashes with Talk ‘N Text in Game Three of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters overcame Jayson Castro’s career-performance in Game Two, knocking down nine three-point shots in the second half, while playing tough defense to even the series.
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Yeng Guiao says they will have to come up with the same effort and couple it with prayers in order to survive Castro’s magnificent shooting in the title series.
“Jayson is almost unguardable. So we need to work hard against him and couple it with a lot of prayers. We need a lot of that and a lot of hardwork in the coming games,” said Guiao.
Game Three starts at 5 p.m.
Defensive ace Jireh Ibanes is expected to play major minutes as he tries to contain the “Blur” for the rest of the series.
Ibanes, a rugged defender, also provided offense off the bench, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting.
Import Wayne Chism and Paul Lee, who both sustained injuries in Game Two, are expected to play through the pain as the dynamic duo tries to help Rain or Shine get the series upper hand.
“I have to fight through it,” Chism said, referring to a painful shooting hand, after being fouled hard by Talk ‘N Text rookie Kevin Alas.
“It’s a long series, but I’m not gonna use that (injured hand) as an excuse. I have to fight through with my teammates.”
Lee, on the other hand, sprained his right ankle early in the first period, though the “Lee-thal Weapon” returned with vengeance after scoring 15 of his 20 points in the second half.
Meantime, Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico said they will have to find ways to prevent Rain or Shine from getting its running game going.
The multi-titled PBA coach admitted they failed to sustain their defense in the second half, allowing Chism, Lee and even Ibanes to score on easy baskets inside.
“We shot so well in the first half, but they made their (Elasto Painters) adjustments,” said Uichico.
“We know they are capable of scoring a lot, but we just didn’t defended the way we should have defended (in the second half).”