DESPITE teetering on the brink of elimination, Yeng Guiao is confident Rain or Shine can survive Meralco in Game Two of their PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinal series on Wednesday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.
Meralco import Darnell Jackson proved a major headache for Rain or Shine, scoring 30 points including a clutch jumper over Wayne Chism late in the Bolts' 94-91 win in Game One on Monday night.
But Guiao said they have made some adjustments, specifically on their defensive game plan for Jackson, heading to their 8 p.m. win-or-go-home showdown against the Bolts.
“We had a light practice,” said Guiao. “We just made a few adjustments on our defense, kasi medyo nawala kami sa focus nung second half.”
The Elasto Painters, by now, should be more familiar with Jackson, Guiao said.
“I thought Wayne Chism played good defense on Jackson in Game One. He just made a couple of big shots in the endgame, though now that we have played against him, that would help us prepare better in Game Two.”
The fiery Rain or Shine coach said some missed free throws came back to haunt them in the series opener.
“We missed a couple of free throws in the endgame because those are big, especially in the fourth quarter,” he said. “But I’m still confident that we can bounce back because we are used to adversity.”
Meanwhile, Meralco coach Ryan Gregorio said the Bolts can’t fall into a false sense of security with their 1-0 lead.
“We cannot get too far ahead of ourselves. We need one more win to go to the next level,” he said. “We have to stay focused on our defensive coverages to duplicate our win.”