YOUTHFUL Rain or Shine co-team owner Raymund Yu is hoping against hope the Elasto Painters can pull off a reversal against San Mig Coffee in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup and achieve a feat never been done in the Finals over the last 23 years.
“We've gone this far already. We forced another game. So I hope our boys continue with their stand and steal the series,” said Yu on the eve of Game Six.
“Hindi nila nasara ng Game Five. So let's go for another win in Game Six. One game at a time. Hopefully we can repeat what Ginebra did in 1991. Anything is possible. Pwede yun, pwede yun.”
Prior to winning Game Six, Yu nearly gave up after his team went down 3-1 in the series.
“I think pulling three straight win is not impossible, considering that we racked up 10 straight victories (in the elims and playoffs). Kung nagawa namin yun, siguro may chance na manalo pa kami ng two straight,” added the youthful Asian Coatings Incorporated executive.
“More than anything else, 'yung confidence bumalik. And it's like a twice to beat lead na lang for the Mixers.”
Yu's business partner, Terry Que, can only hope the Elasto Painters’ focus in the series is back.
Yu, the outspoken hardware shop magnate, believes Rain or Shine is still on cloud nine with the stunning upset of fancied Petron in the semis.
“Nakita ko kasi parang naisip nila yung panalo sa Petron yun na ang championship,” he said. “Buti na lang nagising na sila na may San Mig pa.”
“Kung tutuusin, kung di kami nag-commit ng error sa fourth quarter nung Game Three and Four, amin na sana yung title. Sayang nawalan ng focus 'nung endgame,” added the owner of the popular Quepe Hardware chain.
Que also believes San Mig will go all out to prevent the series from reaching a deciding Game Seven, although he expressed his full confidence in coach Yeng Guiao and the Elasto Painters.
“Tiwala lang ako sa mga players namin. Depende na sa kanila yan kung gusto nila ng taste of history. Pero alam ko, tiwala ako na may Game Seven. At pag umabot dun, magandang laban 'yan,” said Que.