AS Talk ’N Text gets ready for a celebration, Rain or Shine hopes to delay the party.
The Texters look all set to claim the Philippine Cup crown — all 10 teams that took 3-0 Finals leads in a best-of-seven series went on to win the title.
Rain or Shine, on the other hand, believes the best thing it could do come Game Four on Wednesday is to “delay the Talk ’N Text party.”
No team in the history of the NBA and PBA has come bnack from 0-3 down to win a championship.
“We’re not even looking at the odds or anything kasi mawawalan lang kami sa focus ng dapat naming gawin. We’ll just give our best and hopefully, we could delay their party,” Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao said on the eve of Game Four.
The Texters go for the jugular against the Elasto Painters at 6:45 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum, and Guiao said can expect a victory celebration if his boys’ outside shots continue to misfire.
The fiery Rain or Shine mentor said their chances of winning Game Four hinges on a good shooting night by his top guns led by Paul Lee, Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood. Big men JR Quinahan and Beau Belga also need to make their shots from beyond the arc to give Lee and Chan some space to operate with their drive to the basket.
“Problema lang din talaga ang shooting namin. Yung mga dating kumo-connect, eh di pumapasok ngayon ang tira nila Jeff, Paul at Gabe,” added Guiao, whose team is just averaging under 35 percent shooting from the field in the first three games of the Finals.
Talk ’N Text erected a commanding 3-0 series lead after an emotionally-charged 89-80 victory, and coach Norman Black says there is no time to relax.
“It’s just important for the guys to focus on the task at hand. What we want to try to accomplish is not easy. We don’t want to give Rain or Shine some breathing room that’s why we’ll go for it (PBA title) on Wednesday,” said Black.
“We have to try to win the game on Wednesday. And if it ends up with a sweep, so be it,” added Black, who is eyeing his 11th PBA title since starting his coaching career in the mid-1980s with Magnolia.
The last team to score a 4-0 sweep was Purefoods in the 2009-10 Philippine Cup Finals against Alaska.