YENG Guiao isn’t about to press the panic button despite Rain or Shine opening its PBA Governors Cup campaign with two straight losses.
The fiery mentor isn’t even bothered if undersized power forward Jervy Cruz is not yet 100 percent in game shape and injured JR Quinahan still not around to provide the size and heft for the Elasto Painters.
Guiao believes the Elasto Painters are due for a win when they go up against an unpredictable Globalport side in the first game of a Sunday twinbill at the Mall of Asia Arena.
Game time is at 3 p.m.
“Di kami nagpa-panic. We’re not discouraged,” said a defiant Guiao, whose team is mired just below the the cellar with a 0-2 record.
“There’s still seven games to go (in the elimination) so we’ll try to get to the Top Four. But if not, we’ll try to avoid being eliminated.”
Rain or Shine opened the season-ending conference with back-to-back losses to Air21 (103-96) and San Miguel Beer (97-92).
Guiao said the Elasto Painters are still capable of making the Top 4 despite their slow start.
Tournament format will have top four teams at the end of the eliminations enjoying a twice-to-beat incentive in the playoffs.
Still Guiao feels that even if Rain or Shine eventually drop at the bottom four heading to the playoffs, the team is still capable of surviving
“If we’re not able to make the Top 4, I think with this team, we can still beat any other team playing twice-to-beat advantage. I’m just looking far into the future, but we’ll do our best,” he added.
Globalport chalked up its first win in the tournament after beating Alaska, 95-91 to event its record at 1-1.
Rookie Terrence Romeo returned from a back injury to score 18 points, hitting five crucial free throws in the final minutes to help the Batang Pier outlast the Aces.