RAIN or Shine coach Yeng Guiao thinks the result of Game Three of the Governors Cup Finals would have been unchanged even if B-Meg opted not to bench its star players in the critical moments on Friday night.
“I don’t know the reason (why Tim benched his stars), but I don’t think it would have changed the result of the game,” said Guiao after the Elasto Painters' 93-84 win over the llamados moved them two wins away from winning their first ever PBA championship.
The fact that Rain or Shine played minus its best local player in Paul Lee and still led B-Meg by as many as 21 points is proof enough that the underrated Elasto Painters have what it takes to get the job done.
And even with Lee again out of Sunday’s Game Four owing to his left shoulder injury, Guiao remains undaunted.
“The boys knew this is our destiny. They played with a lot of toughness that comes from the inside,” said the Rain or Shine coach.
“I think this is the best place to be (2-1) at this point in the series."
Guiao also seemed unaffected of Cone’s ploy, but will still prepare for the Llamados as they try to widen the gap of their series lead.
Cone decided to keep in the freezer stalwarts James Yap and Peter June Simon late in Game Three, opting to preserve the two for the next game as he deemed the momentum has totally shifted against the Llamados at that point.
But even with the Llamados refreshed, Guiao and the Elasto Painters are ready for their fightback.
“ I’m sure they will be ready for adjustments,” Guiao said casually.