RAIN or Shine tries to put behind its heartbreaking loss to Talk ‘N Text the last time as it faces Barako Bull in a crucial match that could well determine the two teams’ chances of landing in the Top 4 of the PBA Governors Cup.
Coach Yeng Guiao said the Elasto Painters’ 83-81 loss to Talk ‘N Text in Binan, Laguna was tough, considering it had a direct effect on the team’s morale and made it more difficult for their goal of making it to the Top 4 by the end of the short elimination phase.
“First, we just have to get out of that disappointment,” Guiao said, obviously referring to referee Jimmy Mariano’s decision to just give the Elasto Painters a side-court inbound instead of awarding three free throws to Jeff Chan, who was clearly fouled by Talk ‘N Text guard Jason Castro while in the act of shooting in the final 4.6 seconds of the game.
“Then second, we have to go back to the game and find ways how to stop (Barako Bull) import Eric Wise from scoring in mid-range and from the inside,” he added.
Guiao said beating the Energy in Saturday’s 3 p.m. game at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum is imperative as Rain or Shine tries to break out of a logjam at eighth to ninth places with Barako Bull.
Both teams are tied at 1-3.
Barako Bull has lost its last three assignments, including a heart-breaking 115-112 overtime loss to San Miguel Beer after rookie guard Jeric Fortuna missed what could have been a game-tying three-point basket in the dying seconds.
“Barako Bull is a talented team. And we are worried about their three-point shooting,” explained the 55-year-old Guiao.
The Rain or Shine coach said the Elasto Painters’ defense will have to rotate fast in the perimeter to make sure Barako Bull gunners Mick Pennisi, Ronjay Buenafe, Willie Miller, and Fortuna won’t get their three-point shots to fall.
“If they (Barako Bull shooters) hit their stride, then Eric Wise can get to score inside which could easily balance their offense,” he added.