Powerade will try to accomplish on Friday what four teams have failed to do so far in the 2012 PBA Governors’ Cup— beat Rain or Shine.
“Rain or Shine is playing excellent basketball. Their import has been their source of energy,” Tigers coach Bo Perasol said.
Jamelle Cornley has been a picture of consistency for the Painters, averaging 24 points and 14 rebounds in their last two games.
But it was Paul Lee’s heroics that led to Rain or Shine’s best start to a conference in franchise history. In their 93-90 win against Barangay Ginebra last Wednesday, the fearless freshman buried four triples, but none more important than his game-winning trey with 2.6 seconds left to carry the squad to its fourth straight victory.
Understandably Lee, who finished with 18 points, four boards, and three assists against the Gin Kings, will be the main focus of the Tigers' defense when they face the Painters at 7:30 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Our emphasis would be on how we could find a way to limit their output from their various attacks, especially the ones coming from Lee,” Perasol said.
Powerade, coming off a morale-boosting 110-105 win against powerhouse Talk ‘N Text, is in the middle of the pack at 2-2 and a win will boost their chances of returning to the playoffs.
“Every game is very important and so we’ll grab our chance of winning this one,” said Perasol, noting the short elimination phase of the tournament.
Painters coach Yeng Guiao echoed his sentiment. “Wins and losses are magnified in this tournament,” he said.
Defending champion Petron Blaze and Barako Bull collide in the curtain-raiser at 5:15 p.m.
The Boosters, who routed Alaska, 107-94, the last time, seek to improve their 3-1 record as they try to solidify their hold on second spot.
The Energy are looking to arrest a two-game skid and get a second win.