IT’S the closest Rain or Shine has ever come to making a PBA finals. And the Elasto Painters can't wait to get the job done.
In what could be a momentous event in franchise history, the Elasto Painters gun for the first championship berth of the Governors Cup on Thursday night when they take on the Barangay Ginebra Kings in a lone semifinal match at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Aided by a rousing 99-86 win over Meralco the last time, Rain or Shine earned at least a playoff for a Finals slot as it remained on top of the standings with a 9-2 (win-loss) record.
But coach Yeng Guiao is not about ready to settle for a playoff. The sooner his team clinched a berth in the best-of-seven title series, the better.
“We have three chances to make 10 wins. I’m really hoping we can get that win as soon as we can,” said Guiao, who was ejected near halftime of the game against Meralco after being assessed a double technical foul.
“I think we’re assured of a playoff. I still believe the magic number (to get to the Finals) is 10.”
The third-running Kings, however, are definitely no pushovers.
Ginebra carries a 7-4 record and have won its first two games in the carryover semis, putting the Kings on track of availing the 4-of-5 incentive for a playoff for the second finals slot.
Even more, the Kings are coming off a rousing 87-85 win over defending champion Petron Boosters on a Cedric Bozeman floater in the dying seconds.
“It was a good win for us and I’m thankful for it. Still, it’s not enough. We just have to keep on fighting and hope to earn a playoff for the second finals berth,” said Ginebra coach Siot Tanquingcen.