YENG Guiao was gracious enough to give credit to San Mig’s defense following Rain or Shine’s 80-70 loss in Game 2 of the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup Finals.
Yet, he isn't too worried about the Elasto Painters’ title bid with the series now down to a best-of-five affair.
They Said It!
““We struggled all game-long with our offense. I think San Mig needs to be given credit for playing really good defense on us." Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao
“I’m not really worried. It’s a seven-game series. As I have said, the longer this series takes, the better it is for us,” said Guiao in the post-game interview.
"Winning Game One gave us that advantage which I already said before, the adjustment advantage. Now we can go make that adjustment and it’s still just even, the series is just even."
The fiery mentor lamented the bad offensive game the Elasto Painters had, in stark contrast to the way they won the opener of the series, 83-80, behind the heroics of Paul Lee.
Guiao acknowledged the defensive work the Mixers did on them that had the Elasto Painters being held to a low 37 percent shooting after going 29-of-78 from the floor.
“We struggled all game-long with our offense. I think San Mig needs to be given credit for playing really good defense on us,” said a subdued Guiao, who was called for a technical foul midway in the second quarter and Rain or Shine trailing, 16-29.
“Aside from the fact that we still couldn’t make our layups, we still couldn’t make our open shots, and we still couldn’t make our free throws, which all compounded our problems.”
Guiao said Game Three would be crucial for the Elasto Painters as another loss would meant giving up the advantage they have taken right at the start of the series.
“We cannot afford to give up that advantage. San Mig is just too experienced to let them have the lead in this series, or for them to be taking the initiative,” Guiao stressed.
“Game Three is really big for us. We need to find the proper adjustment and execute better.”