AS tough as it was to swallow a third straight loss in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao felt the breaks of the game simply went against his team, allowing San Mig to gut out a 93-90 win in Friday night’s Game Four at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Despite trailing the title series, 3-1, Guiao remains hopeful about the Elasto Painters ability to come back even if only one team in league history has overcome such a deficit in the finals.
“It's a tough loss, but again we're not giving up. We'll come back on Sunday," vowed the fiery mentor.
Only Robert Jaworski's fabled squad was able to win a championship from 3-1 down back in 1991 against Shell on Rudy Distrito's unforgettable Game Seven winner.
Two other teams - Talk 'N Text and Purefoods - did the trick in the semifinals.
Rain or Shine had a chance to send the game into overtime, but its comeback fell short after Paul Lee's potential game-tying three-point attempt in the dying seconds rimmed out.
Guiao, who evaded a third straight technical foul in the series by keeping himself under control, felt there were three calls slapped against the Elasto Painters that contributed to the team's loss.
"There were at least two or three bailout calls (in favor of San Mig). One was on Jeff (Chan), with time running down on their (Elasto Painters) shot block, I think on Joe (Devance). I thought it was good defense and there was no foul (on Chan)," explained Guiao.
He also cited a foul called on Beau Belga early in the third period as Marc Pingris tried to go for a shot inside.
The 6-foot-5 Pingris managed to sink the two foul shots awarded to him.
He also cited Mark Barroca holding to the jersey of Rain or Shine big man JR Quinahan as the Elasto Painters were trying to go for an inbound play with time down to 22 seconds and the team trailing, 91-88.
"In the last play we set up, Mark Barroca was clearly holding on to the jersey and body of JR Quinahan. Again, we didn't get those breaks. I just felt those calls cost us the game," rued the Rain or Shine mentor.