AS far as coach Yeng Guiao is concerned, complacency has no room for Rain or Shine when it plays also-ran Air21 in Saturday’s main game of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Guiao said being a team that is out of the running, the Express won’t have any pressure at all playing their final game of the conference, though they certainly would try to end their campaign on a high note.
“We need to put some distance from them (Express) early,” said Guiao, whose team goes up against the Express at 5:45 p.m.
“And we have an understanding during practice that the effort we gave this conference will go for naught if we lose against Air21.”
A victory by the Elasto Painters (10-3), coupled by a loss by Petron Boosters (9-4) to the Meralco Bolts in Saturday’s opening game, would give Rain or Shine the outright no. 2 seed and a twice-to-beat advantage heading into the quarterfinals.
But a loss by the Elasto Painters and a win by the Boosters would have the two teams ending up tied at 10-4, and will battled each other in a playoff on Monday to contest the no. 2 seeding.
“Kaya nga we had a serious practice kanina. We can’t be complacent or overconfident against an Air21 team,” added the fiery Rain or Shine mentor.
A win by Rain or Shine will extend its winning streak to seven, tying the longest winning streak registered this season by Petron to start the All-Filipino conference.
Air21 officially exited from playoff contention following a 67-60 loss to San Mig Super Coffee a week ago.