STRESSING the importance of Game Three, Rain or Shine and San Miguel Beer braved the torrential rains to hold practice on Sunday.
Rain or Shine doesn't usually practice on Sundays but broke tradition as coach Yeng Guiao looks to sustain the momentum of a 113-110 win on Saturday that tied the PBA Governors Cup semifinal series at 1-all.
“Dati talaga wala kaming ensayo ng Linggo," said Rain or Shine team manager Boy Lapid. "Kunwari, Wednesday ang game namin, automatic yun, pahinga kami ng Linggo."
Lapid bared that North East Greenhills Association (NEGA) gym management is so used to Rain or Shine’s ‘No Sunday practices’ policy that it allowed homeowners to take over the time slot usually allotted for the Painters' practice.
Instead, the Elasto Painters moved to the posh Ronac Gym in Greenhills, which proved a blessing in disguise as rains continued to hit Metro Manila.
“Swerte nga kasi sa Ronac kami ngayon. Pag kasi maulan na ganito, ang mga gym na may maple flooring, madudulas,” he said. “Normally pag maulan, kailangang paandarin ang aircon. Kaya sakto nasa Ronac kami kanina, maayos nakapag-ensayo ang mga bata."
Guiao only gave his players some light drills, focusing on some adjustments that he expects the Beermen to do in Game Three on Monday.
“We must win tomorrow, we must double our effort. Malaking bagay na makuha natin ang panalo bukas para twice-to-beat na tayo pagdating ng Game Four. As much as possible nga, ayaw na natin ng Game Five,” Guiao told his players before packing up their afternoon practice.
Meanwhile, the Beermen also moved their practice to the Gatorade Hoops Center in Mandaluyong from the usual non-airconditioned Acropolis Gym in Libis, Quezon City.
“We need to double up on our defense. We collapsed in the endgame last time. We have to work on preventing Wendell McKines from wreaking further havoc,” was the statement of San Migule mentor Leo Austria to his players.