IF the trend holds, the Talk N’ Text Tropang Texters are already close to 70 percent certain of winning the Philippine Cup title. League records show that 65 of 94 teams that won Game One have gone on to win a best-of-seven series.
But don't tell that to Yeng Guiao.
“Hindi ako naniniwala doon," the fiery Rain or Shine coach said when shown the numbers by Spin.ph.
For Guiao, the only numbers that mattered are the ones on the Game One stats sheets at the end of the Texters' 87-81 victory on Wednesday night, which showed the Painters doing well in almost all departments except three-point shooting where they went an ice-cold 4-of-21.
“I am still very confident and very positive about our chances. It’s the first game I think the numbers showed that we beat them in most departments but our three-point shooting was just bad today," Guiao said.
His top enforcer, Beau Belga, echoed Guiao's sentiments.
“Huwag lang maakap ulit ng malas ang shooting namin, kaya pa namin baligtarin yan (series)”, said Belga. “Hangga’t hindi natatapos yung series, positive kami dyan."
At the same time, Belga said his teammates were upbeat in practice on Thursday morning as he expressed confidence that the team's top guns, Jeff Chan and Paul Lee, can regain their touch in time for Game Two.
“Kailangan talaga pumutok sina Jeff (Chan) at Paul (Lee). Kapag masama laro nung dalawang 'yan, lagi kaming may pinaglalagyan”, Belga stressed.