TALK ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico hopes his wards do not get distracted by the physicality of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against Rain or Shine.
Play has become more physical as the series go along, and it showed in Game Three that saw the Elasto Painters appear to benefit on the way to beating the Tropang Texters, 109-97, to take a 2-1 series lead.
Uichico is reminding his players to stay focused.
“It’s just the way the game is. If you back down from the physicality of the game, then you give an upper hand to the other team,” the soft-spoken mentor said.
Proof of the physicality was Paul Lee getting elbowed by Texters import Ivan Johnson in the third quarter, leaving the Painters star’s mouth dripping with blood.
Instead of getting discouraged, the Painters were fueled after the development as they maintained a double-digit cushion for a strong finish to the game.
And Uichico hopes his team can deliver despite being out of their comfort zone.
“Just know that it’s going to be a physical game and you can’t do the things you want to do easily,” he stressed. “It’s finding ways to win.”
One way is to do a better job on defense after allowing the Painters to score 112.5 points in the last two games.
“We just gave up too many points,” Uichico said.