RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao kept his faith in Wayne Chism despite the import’s dismal offensive showing in the Elasto Painters’ 87-82 win over Air21 on Monday in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
In his third game since replacing Alex Mclean, Chism was limited to single-digit scoring for the first time, tallying just six points on 2-of-12 shooting, although he chipped in nine rebounds, two blocks, two steals, and one assist in 28 minutes.
“(His performance) was enough to get us where we are,” Guiao said as the Elasto Painters strengthened their bid for a better placing in the quarterfinal playoffs. “He’s a lot better in practice, that’s why that gives us a lot of hope that he can still win enough games for us.”
Still, his offensive production leaves much to be desired, the fiery mentor added.
“We don’t want an import scoring thirty or forty points for us, but, at least, he needs to score close to the twenty’s. I think he can do that.”
It was Raymond Almazan who held the fort down low as the rookie center registered nine boards, seven points, and four blocks in just 19 minutes.
Asked if Chism’s the type of import who can get the Painters to the championship, Guiao didn’t answer directly.
“I don’t think that’s the way he plays. Definitely it’s a bad night for him, but he’s a defensive-minded player. And our only requirement from him is he’s able to rebound, give us his defensive presence in the middle, and score a few points here and there.
“So dyan muna siya, tsaka maikli lang naman ang conference.”
While he made a crucial defensive stop the did the Express in, Chism, however, committed a defensive blunder that hastened the Painters’ downfall in their 82-85 loss to league-leader Talk ‘N Text last time.