YENG Guiao said he’s not making any excuses for Rain or Shine’s anemic performance on Friday night though he said the recent typhoon threw them out of their usual pre-game routine.
Typhoon Maring wreaked havoc for four successive days this week, causing massive flooding in Metro Manila as well as the surrounding provinces, killing at least 15 people and forcing families to flee their homes.
Ballgames were cancelled including collegiate league matches and Wednesday’s PBA double-header at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Forced breaks yun eh,” Guiao said, pointing to the team’s canceled practices from Monday to Wednesday. “Kahit gusto namin mag-practice, most (players) can’t go to the practice site, so it’s nobody’s fault. It just happened.”
Rain or Shine (2-1) played flat all throughout Friday’s match as it absorbed its first loss of the conference, an 84-99 drubbing at the hands of Petron Blaze at the Big Dome. The loss forged a three-way tie for first place among Rain or Shine, Petron and Globalport in the week-old conference.
The Elasto Painters shot just 34.5 percent in the game (29-of-84) and made just 58.1 percent from the foul line (18-of-31) as the canceled practices left a negative impact to the team.
The 15-point defeat hardly affected the fiery Rain or Shine mentor, though, saying he’d rather have this loss early to keep the team focused and alert.
“In a way, it’s (the loss) good kasi it keeps you grounded. It keeps you alert. It makes you go back to your mistakes and review,” he said.
Rain or Shine won’t play again until Wednesday when it goes up against Commissioner’s Cup champion Alaska at the Mall of Asia Arena.