FOR Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao, why fix something that ain’t broke.
Despite import Bruno Sundov again falling into foul trouble in the Elasto Painters’ 94-83 win over Air21 Sunday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the fiery mentor said he has no plan to send home the 7-foot-3 Croatian.
“He’s here to stay even if there’s some issues with regards to him getting into early foul trouble,” said Guiao after his team had to play a crucial stretch with the foul-plagued Sundov sitting out on the bench.
In the absence of the 32-year-old import, Guiao went to locals Ryan Arana, Jeff Chan, Larry Rodriguez, and Jervy Cruz to hold the fort which they successfully did.
Without Sundov, the Elasto Painters outscored Michael Dunigan and the rest of the Express, 19-4, to start the fourth quarter and turn a 63-64 deficit into an 82-68 lead.
“It was really difficult to match up with their import (Dunigan), but our locals held their own,” said Guiao.
Saddled once more with foul trouble, Sundov played for only 31 minutes but finished with 23 points including 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc.
Despite his Achiles heel, Guiao said the Elasto Painters – now tied with Alaska Aces for the top spot at 8-3 - are not in any way planning to replace import at this point of the conference.
“There’s been a lot of talk about Bruno being replaced. We don’t entertain that thought,” said Guiao.
As for Sundov’s penchant of always getting into foul trouble, Guiao doesn’t see any problem on that. “I think that can be resolved.”