Yeng Guiao's battle cry ahead of Rain or Shine match against Barako: 'Stop Solomon Alabi'
Import Solomon Alabi's dominant presence inside has been one of the reasons for Barako Bull's resurgence in the PBA Commissioner's Cup, says Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao. Jerome Ascano

YENG Guiao has issued a stern warning to his Rain or Shine team heading to its game against surprising Barako Bull on Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The Energy are for real.

“Barako has turned itself into a serious contender,” said Guiao ahead of the 4:15 p.m. match.

The biggest reasonfor Barako Bull’s success this conference, according to Guiao, is import Solomon Alabi, whose imposing presence in the middle has complemented well the Energy’s locals.

And for the Elasto Painters to get past the Energy, they need to contain and limit Alabai’s effectiveness inside, Guiao added.

“If we fail to remedy their import’s size advantage, we will be in big trouble,” stressed the fiery Rain or Shine mentor. “He demands a double team, which creates a whole lot of opportunities for his teammates. We should also be able to outrun Barako Bull to minimize their size advantage.”

One thing going for Rain or Shine is the return of original import choice Wayne Chism, which gives the team a double-barrel threat with his ability to score from inside and out.

“Wayne’s game (against Alaska) justified his presence for us in this league. And we’re not mistaken in bringing him back,” Guiao added.

In his first game with the team since replacing Rick Jackson, the 6-foot-8 Chism debuted with 24 points, 22 rebounds, and four assists as Rain or Shine whipped Alaska, 99-89 last week.

Barako Bull also had Alaska for its latest victim Tuesday as they won the game in overtime, 93-91, behind Alabi’s game-winning putback.

Coach Koy Banal is elated to see his team in a good spot for a place in the top six in the playoffs.

On the other hand, Barako Bull coach Koy Banal is happy to see his team in a good spot for the top six of the playoffs.


“Ang goal namin or 'yung big picture is to be in the middle of the pack. We want to be in the best-of-three after the eliminations,” said Banal.

Tournament format has the top two teams at the end of the single-round eliminations earning a twice-to-beat edge against teams seeded in seventh and eighth spots, respectively

On the other hand, the third to sixth seeds will play in a best-of-three series in the quarterfinals.

The last four teams after the eliminations will drop out of the playoffs.

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