RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao rued the Elasto Painters’ complacency in their 79-67 loss to San Mig Coffee at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night that derailed their bid for a second straight PBA Finals appearance.
“I just did not feel the sense of urgency with our team. Of course, we still get two chances but the longer it takes the harder it is for us,” said Guiao, the six-time champion mentor who’s vying for his first All-Filipino title.
Within striking distance most of the way and trailing by just two at the end of the third, the Painters fell apart in the pivotal payoff period, where the Mixers outscored them, 27-17.
Although they had more assists, 16-13, steals, 9-8, and less turnovers, 13-19, than the Mixers, the Painters were outrebounded — for the first time in three games — 53-49, and shot just 32.9 percent from the field.
“I guess we just have to instill that mentality where they will kill some urgency to win it right away. We have to exert the same effort that we’ve exerted the past two games, three and four,” Guiao said.
The firebrand mentor is also well aware history is on his team’s side, considering the Painters almost squandered a 3-1 series lead in the Governors Cup Finals against the same SMC team only to win the championship in the deciding Game 7.
“Although I’m disappointed, I’m confident that we’ll still be in the Finals. We’ve been through this before and we’ve come out well after that. From experience, we know we’ll be okay.”