DELAYED but not denied.
That was the defiant stand taken by coach Yeng Guiao after his Rain or Shine wasted a second successive opportunity to wrap up a first-ever PBA title, losing Game Six of the Governors Cup Finals to B-Meg, 97-81.
“Na-delay lang ng konti. Na-delay lang ulit,” Guiao repeatedly stressed in the post-game interview, moments after the one-sided contest at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Suddenly, a once-commanding 3-1 lead held by the Elasto Painters is no more as the best-of-seven series has been tied at 3-3 after two successive B-Meg victories and now headed to a winner-take-all Game Seven.
A Game Seven obviously plays into the hands of a veteran-laden team like B-Meg, but Guiao just shrugs off the pressure that comes into play in the deciding game -- something his young ballclub has yet to experience.
“To me, it’s just another Game Seven,” said Guiao, one of the only few persons in the team to have experienced being in the Finals before this one. “It’s just another chance to win a championship.”
Guiao also took a positive attitude after losing back-to-back games.
“I think the advantage of going up 3-1 is you can lose two and still make the necessary adjustments,” he said.
“So we’ll just see each other in Game Seven.”