IT’S already a nightmare to defend Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo. What more if there was another legitimate offensive threat aside of GlobalPort’s dynamic duo?
It was a predicament Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao faced and proved to be a major factor in the Elasto Painters’ 113-111 loss to the Batang Pier in the Smart Bro-PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night.
“As anticipated, the problem really was containing their guards, but I think also what happened was they got extra help especially from Jensen,” Guiao said.
The veteran mentor was referring to Keith Jensen, who provided a huge offensive boost by firing 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes.
Pringle and Romeo combined for 52 markers, while elder counterpart Joseph Yeo added 11 in 31 minutes.
“Alam naman namin na talagang ang magpapahirap sa’yo sa Global ay the two guards and maybe even Joseph Yeo,” Guiao said. “But they’ve been spreading the offense pretty well lately and the guards are even more difficult to defend against if there’s another option especially with the outside shot.”
The Batang Pier made 15 of their 34 three-point attempts, with five conversions coming from Jensen.
“I think they shot the ball exceptionally well today,” Guiao said. “We know they can shoot the three, but I think they shot the three way above-average this game.”
“Still, we gave ourselves a chance to win the game,” the outspoken mentor was quick to add, although he rued his team’s 19-of-30 shooting from the foul line.
“In a game where its’ going to be decided by one or two points, pag nag mintis ka ng labing-isang free throw, at the end of the game, manghihinayang ka talaga.”