RAIN or Shine tries to recover from a lopsided loss last week when it faces Alaska in the PBA Governors Cup Wednesday at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Currently bunched at the top of the standings along with Barako Bull, Petron, and Globalport, the Elasto Painters are coming off an 84-99 loss to Petron last week in a lackluster performance which coach Yeng Guiao blamed on practices disputed by Typhoon Maring.
“We’re just focusing mentally and getting serious with our routines because we know we’ll encounter rough sailing, especially since this is just a short conference,” Guiao said as he tries to get Gilas Pilipinas players Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood back into the team’s system.
Chan and Norwood are still adjusting to the team after missing much of the conference break due to their commitment with Gilas Pilipinas.
The Aces are playing just their second game of the season-ending conference as their supposed debut match versus Talk ‘N Text last week was cancelled due to the floods that hit the metropolis.
Alaska, reigning Commissioner’s Cup champion, finally saw action on Friday, but dropped a close 88-91 decision to Globalport following Gary David’s game-winning three-point shot.
“At this point, you want them (Aces) to be confident. You don’t want them to be too down,” said Alaska coach Luigi Trillo, whose team will try to pound the ball inside with bull-strong import Wendell McKinnes, center Sonny Thoss and super rookie Calvin Abueva leading the way.
McKinnes, who debuted with 28 points and 13 rebounds, will have his hands full against Rain or Shine import Arizona Reid in a marquee match-up. Reid averaged 28.3 points, 17 rebounds and four assists during his first three games.