THIS one has become more of a personal one for Wayne Chism.
Other than completing his unfinished business with Rain or Shine, the prolific import also moved closer on claiming his first ever championship as a pro as the Elasto Painters barged into the Finals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night following a three-game sweep of Meralco in their semifinals series.
“Always the semis though, always close. So (it’s my) first time in the Finals in my pro career. I wish I could get a win for the first time,” said the 27-year-old import, who banged in 16 points, 11 rebounds, and dished off seven assists in the Finals-clinching 107-98 win in Game Three of the best-of-five series.
In his five-year pro career, Chism hasn’t won any championship yet following stints in Turkey, Hungary, France, and the Philippines.
During his first stint with Rain or Shine last season, the 6-foot-7 import played through an MCL sprain on his knee, resulting in a 3-1 series loss by the Elasto Painters in their semis encounter with Talk ‘N Text.
But Chism is looking for payback this time around.
“I’m very motivated. It was my job (to lead the team to the championship) when I came back. And this year, we’re all healthy. We’ll give our best in the Finals,” said the product of University of Tennessee.
“We’re just gonna prepare ourselves for this long, hard battle in the Finals,” he added.
But he stressed playing against either defending champion Purefoods or Talk ‘N Text in the best-of-seven championship series won’t be easy.
“Especially if it’s Purefoods. We play against their crowd, so it’s gonna be a tough game. But even Talk ‘N Text, too, either one (will be tough),” he added.
Currently, Purefoods and Talk ‘N Text are locked up at 1-1 in their own best-of-five semis series.
Rain or Shine won its first and only league title during the 2012 Governors Cup.