DESPITE all the distraction of the past two days, Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao remains confident his team can refocus and regain control of the title series as the Painters and Texters clash in Game Five of the Commissioners’ Cup finals on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum.
“I’m very confident that we can get back. We’re very sure naman we can make the proper adjustment in the next game even if it’s just mental adjustment,” said Guiao.
“Basta sa amin parehas lang ang tawagan , iyun na iyun eh. Kasi kung iisa-isahin pa natin, alam na natin. Saka ang sinasabi ko lang, ano ba ang ginagawa nila (referees)?, he added.
Game Four, won by TNT to even the series, was marred by a fight in the dying moments, withTalk ‘N Text rookie Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Rain or Shine veterans Jireh Ibanes and JR Quinahan getting ejected.
Game Five starts at 7 p.m. with more policemen to be assigned at the Big Dome to help keep peace and order.
Guiao is also hopeful that import Wayne Chism will get a fair treatment on officiating, especially since he was whistled for four early fouls in Game Four.
“Wayne Chism got handcuffed by the refs. That’s a lesson we can learn and once they called the early fouls on us, we lost momentum.”
On the other hand, Talk ‘N Text coach Jong Uichico said they won’t mind the physicality anymore as long as they execute their plays.
“In a series naman, it becomes a battle of execution, on who executes better,” he said.
Uichico also played down comments on the escalating physicality in the Finals, except to say that it has become intense the past games.
“Intense basketball, yes. But this is a different (kind of) intense. It’s a borderline of almost having a brawl every single moment,” he added.