YENG Guiao believes an eight-day respite should serve Rain or Shine in good stead as the team looks ahead to what should be a tough week in the PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup.
Rain or Shine (4-2) collides with three-time champion Talk ‘N Text (3-2) on Tuesday, with Guiao hoping to see team bounce back from a sorry 88-90 loss to Globalport last December 8.
The protagonists in last season’s Philippine Cup Finals face each other at 8 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
“Matagal din kaming napahinga kaya medyo naiinip na din ang mga bata,” Guiao said on the eve of the highly-anticipated match-up, which will be followed by a clash against unbeaten leader Petron on Saturday.
But Guiao said the long break gave the Elasto Painters enough time to adapt new plays and make key defensive patterns to counter Talk ‘N Text’s well-oiled system both on offense and defense.
“Talk ‘N Text is just half a game behind us and we all know they are perennial contenders during the all-Filipino, so I expect them to pick up sooner or later,” added the fiery Rain or Shine mentor.
Against the Tropang Texters, Guiao said the team can’t make the same mistake it did during its game against Globalport where the Elasto Painters lowered their guns towards the end.
“Tingin ko kasi it’s more of being a little too complacent and being relaxed nung pakiramdam nila na nakakalamang na kami,” explained Guiao on the team’s loss to the Batang Pier.
With a veteran roster of one-time league MVPs Jimmy Alapag and Kelly Williams, along with tournament scoring leader Jason Castro and Ranidel de Ocampo, Guiao admits the Tropang Texters won’t be easy prey.
“We didn’t prepare for them (Texters) individually. Instead, we prepared for their system of dribble drive and pick and roll because you just can’t stop one player on this team,” he said.
Talk ‘N Text is also coming off a 95-97 loss to Barangay Ginebra behind Japeth Aguilar’s game-winning three-pointer and game-clinching block off de Ocampo’s last-second baseline jump shot.
“It’s a very disappointing loss I should say,” Talk ‘N Text’s newly-acquired forward Danny Seigle said on the team’s two-point loss to Ginebra.
“We just have to be better at putting teams away. We have enough experience where we should be able to hold on to the lead,” he added of the defeat which saw the Texters waste a 14-point advantage against the Kings.