IT will take more than a gargantuan effort for Rain or Shine if it hopes to repeat over TnT Katropa and advance to the semifinals of the PBA Governors Cup.
While the Elasto Painters got the Katropa’s numbers on Wednesday in a 106-102 win at the Mall of Asia Arena to force a deciding game in their own quarterfinals series, Gabe Norwood believes the team still needs to come up with an even better showing to complete a massive upset in the playoffs of the season-ending meet.
The do-or-die encounter at the Smart Araneta Coliseum is set Friday.
“There’s a lot of champions on that squad, from the coaching staff and the players,” said the veteran Fil-Am guard , who had 15 points, nine rebounds, and six assists in the crucial win by the seventh-seeded Elasto Painters.
Norwood was 4-of-10 from three-point range, contributing big to Rain or Shine shooting 37 percent from downtown where it went 16-of-43.
While their hot shooting from beyond the arc was a major factor in the win, Norwood said there’s no assurance the same thing will be going for the Elasto Painters in the sudden-death match.
“Every game is different, but we’ll just try to stick to our game plan. The coaches did a great job preparing us,” he said.
Rain or Shine also beat TNT in the eliminations by 32 points, but at the time the Katropa trio of Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario as well as the Elasto Painters duo of Norwood and Raymund Almazan were playing with Gilas.
The former George Mason University standout says somehow, the Elasto Painters have asserted their mastery over the Katropa in the season-ending meet but this is no time for them to be overconfident.
“There might be a sense of confidence in that,” said Norwood. “But every game is different. We got to come out and do it again. We haven’t done nothing but extend it another day.”