THE player who led the Rain or Shine Elastopainters to their first-ever PBA title is hoping his teammates will come up with new tricks in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Jamelle Cornley, the best import in the last Governors Cup who is still in the country recuperating from an ACL injury, feels the Painters must stop relying on a system that simply won’t work against the seasoned Talk n’ Text Tropang Texters.
The bull-strong import said Rain or Shine’s physicality and bruising plays no longer work in the best-of-seven series because Talk 'N Text knows how to keep its poise, especially at crunchtime.
“They have to go back to the drawing board. Talk 'N Text is an experienced team, they (Rain or Shine) can’t just buy into that (old approach of physicality) all the time. They gotta figure something out," said Cornley.
Cornley said the team's noted defense and energy seemed absent in the first two games.
“The great thing about Talk N’ Text is as soon as Rain or Shine throws punches … They (TnT) hit you with a counter and something else. So, it’s one of those things where Rain or Shine can’t sustain," said Cornley.
The former Penn State stalwart also advised his teammates to realize that Talk n Text is different from San Mig Coffee Mixers.
“Talk n Text is a different opponent, every player can match up well. The level of detail is even greater now. They have to change the tempo," added Cornley, who nonetheless believes that Rain or Shine won't allow itself to fall into a 0-3 hole.
“I’m sure coach Yeng (Guiao) will adjust and figure something out.”