Rain or Shine braces for full-strength San Miguel Beer side parading former E-Painters import AZ Reid
Coach Yeng Guiao and the Painters look to finish off the Beermen, who are hoping to get an immediate boost from returning import AZ Reid. Jerome Ascano 

RAIN or Shine braces for a full-strength San Miguel Beer side as it seeks to close out their PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinal series in Game Four on Sunday night at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

After losing to the Beermen, who played with an all-Filipino lineup in Game Three, the Elasto Painters face an SMB side that parades returning reinforcement AZ Reid in the crucial match that tips off at 5 p.m.

The E-Painters lost to the Beermen in their last two Final Four matchups, the first in the 2015 Governors’ Cup where SMB had Reid as their import who had a potent inside-outside combination with June Mar Fajardo, leading them to a 4-2 series win.

“That’s always a problem for us even when we played them last year,” ROS coach Yeng Guiao admitted. “Magandang combination yung AZ and June Mar: inside and outside talaga yung threat nila.”

“But in terms of adjustments, we are in a position to make the adjustments better,” he added. “Kasi si AZ, although kilala rin nila, but coming in on short notice and then playing a do-or-die game, iba pa rin yun kesa magsisimula ka sa conference.”

“I still feel we have the advantage coming in sa Sunday,” continued the fiery mentor, who had a run-in with his former import in their past encounter.

“As far as coach Yeng goes, it's nothing personal,” Reid reiterated. “He's a great coach. He molded me to be the player that I am today, and I thank him for that.”

“It's always a pleasure playing against my former team, especially against my former coach,” he added. “I look forward on facing them and seeing them tomorrow.”

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