IF Game Two of the PBA Governors Cup semifinal series between Rain or Shine and Alaska was marked by highly physical plays, technicals, and ejections, expect Tuesday night's game to be a war.
“Tingin ko mas magiging pisikal ang Game Three. Feeling ko kasi both teams kailangan ng panalo. So kung pisikal yung game nuong isang araw siguro mas pisikalan ito ngayon,” Rain or Shine bruiser Ryan Arana told Spin.ph ahead of the 8 p.m. game at the Big Dome.
“Kami naman handa lang tapatan kung ano ang ibibigay nila. Kung pisikal sila sa amin, mas pisikal kami. Kung malambot sila, pisikal pa rin kami,” added the former De La Salle Green Archer.
Arana even went as far as say that this best-of-five series, currently locked at 1-1, will be even more fun to watch compared to the high-profile playoff between grand slam-seeking San Mig and Talk 'N Text.
“Tingin ko mas exciting nga itong series namin kasi kita mo naman ang bakbakan nung Game Two," said Arana, looking back on Rain or Shine's victory which was marred by a flagrant foul by Alaska import Henry Walker on Beau Belga and the ejection of the Aces' Gabby Espinas.
"Mas intense ang laban namin. Kita mo 1-1 kami ngayon kaya ang Game Three expect nila na mas matindi ito, giyera kumbaga,” he said.
Alaska enforcer Calvin Abueva, on the other hand, conceded the aggressiveness of Rain or Shine got the better of them on Sunday - something he vowed to change in Game Three.
“Siguro, masyadong aggressive sila eh. Tapos kumpiyansa pa sila. Kaya babawi talaga ako next game,” Abueva said.
Rain or Shine's Paul Lee said "lenient officiating" has made the series more physical and exciting.
“Tingin ko mas magiging pisikal talaga ito sa Game Three, kasi ina-allow nung mga referees yung banggaan. Magiging ready naman kami,” he said.
“Sa akin naman hindi naman maduming tingnan yung pisikalan namin ng Alaska, basketball is a contact game. Kaya wala naman dapat problema dun,” Lee added.
Even Rain or Shine import Arizona Reid had a more graphic description of the physicality on the court.
“It was very physical out there. It’s WWE (wrestling) out there, man. Anything goes out there. You get banged up, but it doesn’t matter. The refs allow it, it is what it is,” said the former PBA best import awardee.