VETERANS Jeff Chan and Beau Belga admitted Rain or Shine has a tendency to relax during games - something the team cannot afford to do as it goes deeper in the PBA playoffs.
The two are convinced the Elasto Painters have what it takes to go all the way and capture the franchise’s first-ever Commissioner’s Cup championship, so long as they keep their focus during games.
The top-seeded Elasto Painters begin their best-of-five semifinals series against fifth seed Meralco on Tuesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
“Positive kami na kaya naming mag-champion. Huwag lang kami magre-relax kasi ibang usapan na pagdating sa playoffs,” Chan said after his late heroics secured a 92-91 win over No. 8 Barangay Ginebra on Saturday.
Belga said Rain or Shine needs only to look back on its elimination-round loss to Meralco - where import Josh Davis scored 15 of his 31 points in the last quarter to complete the Bolts’ comeback from a 13-point deficit - to realize they can't be complacent against the fifth seeds.
“Huwag lang naman kaming magre-relax, kasi iyan naman ang laging problema namin,” Belga told Spin.ph after the team’s practice on Monday.
“Ang mahirap niyan, kapag naghahabol na kami, hirap na kaming bumalik.”
To beat Meralco, a team known for its defense-first mentality, Rain or Shine will have to push the ball every time it has the opportunity, Belga added.
“Mahalaga lang is 'yung fastbreak namin, kasi halos lahat ng panalo namin, fast-paced ang laro namin at marami kaming score sa fastbreaks,” noted the former Philippine Christian University slotman.
Rain or Shine won its only PBA title in the 2012 Governors Cup, when the Elasto Painters outlasted B-Meg (now Purefoods Star) in seven games in the Finals.