WITH gunner Jeff Chan and playmaking swingman Chris Tiu set to rejoin Rain or Shine, coach Yeng Guiao hopes the team can regain its winning ways when it clashes with leader Barako Bull in the PBA Governors Cup on Sunday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
The Elasto Painters limped off to a 1-3 start in the season-ending conference without Chan and Tiu and are coming off a 93-81 loss to Barangay Ginebra in their match in Dubai last week.
“Kung one win, one lose, one win lang kami, that does not solve your problem. We have to string some wins to get back to contention so now, it’s nothing less than a winning run of probably at least three wins to get back to contention,” Guiao said on the eve of the team’s 3 p.m. match against the Energy.
Guiao is also hopeful wide-bodied import Wendell McKines would start to work much better within the system.
“It’s taking a little bit of time to jell with our import,” admitted the outspoken Rain or Shine coach.
“We’ve had no problems with his capabilities. We just need to have him jell a little bit more with the system,” he added.
Focus will also be on Rain or Shine’s local frontline of Beau Belga, JR Quinahan and Raymond Almazan as the Elasto Painters will be up against Barako Bull’s 7-foot-2 import Liam McMorrow.
McMorrow, out of Tennessee Tech, is averaging monster numbers of 26.4 points and 22 rebounds this conference.
Barako Bull is also aching to bounce back after its win streak was snapped at four by San Miguel Beer on Wednesday.