RAIN or Shine seeks a perfect follow-up to its gut-wrenching win over San Mig Coffee when it faces GlobalPort in the curtain raiser of a PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup doubleheader on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters are fresh from a pulsating 86-83 win over the Mixers Friday night behind the 26-point explosion of Paul Lee to book a fourth win in five starts for solo second spot in the standings.
Despite just a one-day break in between, Lee said the Elasto Painters are ready to take on the Batang Pier (2-3), who are coming off a 93-89 win over Meralco also on Friday.
“Ready naman kami kahit one day lang ang preparation namin sa kanila (Batang Pier). Kailangan lang namin ma-match `yung aggressiveness ng Globalport, lalo na yung guards nila,” said Lee.
“Team effort lang ang kailangan, help one another lalo na sa depensa.”
But with both teams coming off just a day's break, Rain or Shine figures to have the advantage owing to its deeper bench and the wider rotation of coach Yeng Guiao.
So deep is Guiao's rotation, in fact, that there only a few Rain or Shine players who average more than 30 minutes a game.
However, one thing Rain or Shine will have to work on is its free throw shooting after going 16-of-30 from the free throw line against San Mig.
GlobalPort guard Solomon Mercado, meanwhile, said that with the Batang Pier now loaded with scorers, he no longer has to carry most of the load offensively for the two-year-old PBA franchise.
“I feel like with this team, whoever is in the rhythm can hit the big shots because in the first four games, we were just feeling each other out,” said the veteran playmaker, who banged in a personal season-high 33 points in the team’s win over the Bolts, while getting plenty of help from Jay Washington who had 27.
Globalport coach Ritchie Ticzon said he expects high-scoring rookie guard Terrence Romeo to bounce back after scoring a league career-low four points against the Bolts.
“Nahirapan siya (Romeo) sa match-up kaya in and out siya against Meralco. All we wanted was to execute our offense. I know Terrence can flat out score, but hopefully, babalik yan sa next game,” he said.